Microformats – Book Review

I didn’t know much about microformats, but hearing the buzz and wanting to know more about them led me to the book – Microformats Empowering Your Markup for Web 2.0.

Review of Microformats Empowering Your Markup for Web 2.0.
Rated as 4/5 on May 29 2007 by John

4/5

This book is perfect for someone like me that doesn’t know much about what microformats are or what they are used for. The book is also totally appropriate for those who are familiar with microformats, but need additional insight to their uses and place in the world of Web 2.0. The book does not limit itself to introduction level information. The Microformats book provides plenty of detailed information about the multiple formats that microformats take, where they came from as well as examples of how and when to use each of the microformats.One of the best pieces of information I gleaned from the book, was the purpose of microformats – simply put, to decentralize content. Decentralizing content allows for data to be located and aggregated by whatever means necessary for the end use or result by giving structure to the different types of data. This allows for disparate systems to more easily use the data.

I would say, even though microformats are very young, pick up this book learn what they are and how to use them then, help spread the word.

P.S. Technically, this review should use the hReview format, but what can I say…I haven’t built a plug-in for WordPress to do that yet, my apologies.

P.P.S I’ve just found an hReview plug-in and have converted all my reviews to the hReview format.

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