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Microformats Made Simple Paperback – October 23, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0321660770 ISBN-10: 0321660773 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (October 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321660773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321660770
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,020,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Lewis has been working as a web professional since 1998, dabbling in project management and programming until she realized her true loves (HTML and CSS) and became a web designer. She is an expert in web standards, semantic markup, microformats and CSS. Emily also specializes in usability and accessibility.

In addition to loving all things web, Emily is passionate about community building and knowledge sharing. She is the co-creator and co-manager of Webuquerque, the New Mexico Adobe User Group for web practitioners. She also speaks about standards, markup, CSS, accessibility and microformats for various groups, including the University of New Mexico, the New Mexico Technology Council and Interlab.

Emily writes about web design (amongst a range of other topics) on A Blog Not Limited.

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She really wants to make the web a better place.
Christopher Kenworthy
"Microformats Made Simple" should be enough to get any designer/developer to incorporate them into their markup.
Chris Harrison
It's so easy and the benefits are so clear, you can't read the book and not want to use the information.
Virginia DeBolt

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Virginia DeBolt on November 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book is exactly what its title says, a source of information and code that make using microformats dead simple to use and easy to understand--all wrapped up in the logic of semantic HTML and web standards.

If you care at all about semantic HTML, SEO, accessible data, reusable content, or web design you need to read this book. I suggest you read the book sitting by your computer, because you are going to want to implement microformats as you read through the chapters. It's so easy and the benefits are so clear, you can't read the book and not want to use the information. In many cases you can add microformat data instantly as you see the code examples provided and apply the concepts to your own sites.

If you are teaching HTML or any beginning level web development class, you could add microformats to your course with almost no effort by adding various microformats at appropriate moments as students learn new material. This book would guide you in that effort. If you are a student of HTML who wants to improve your website with microformats, this book will take you there.

This is a terrific book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Kenworthy on December 23, 2009
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I had read about Microformats on many SEO blogs and heard about Google using Microformats in their results, but had no idea what they really were. Lewis' book uses practical examples and clear language to describe not only what Microformats are, but how to implement and consume them. After the first couple chapters it finally "clicked" for me and I had that "ah ha" moment that got me writing code and implementing Microformats on my own web site. I put the hCard Microformat and various "rel" attributes on 300,000+ member profiles and within a few days I saw Google and other sites using those attributes in results. Very cool!

Lewis' writing style is informal and easy to read. I would describe it as "blog-like"... not your normal tech manual. You can tell Lewis is truly passionate about the topic and it comes through in her writing. She really wants to make the web a better place.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has a web site with any sort of contact information, calendar/event info, reviews, or social networking functionality (friends, contacts, etc.).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Harrison on November 17, 2009
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Microformats, on the surface, don't seem all that approachable. "Microformats Made Simple" should be enough to get any designer/developer to incorporate them into their markup. The abundance of real-world examples make this a must-have book for anyone interested in taking their markup to the next level.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By .carolinecblaker. on December 28, 2009
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I'm a total beginner to Microformats and just dove into this book in the last few hours, for the first time. Lewis' code examples and plain (if not spunky - but definitely not geeky) English detailing of the mind behind the topic and the semantics of the topic provide a quick understanding of the integration of existing microformats into any html - particularly the beginner friendly. A grasp of html is necessary to make the best use of this text, though it would be easy to assume that anyone with interest in the topic would have such as needed.

The text is easy to navigate and even easier to read, if not surprisingly engaging, thoughtful, and personal. Considering the topic is the best and quickest way to develop shortcuts to better search results in today's semantic landscape, this book is essential for any developer, no matter what they know or don't know about development in general.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Gryffyn on December 23, 2009
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Microformats have been around for ages (apparently) but even as a web developer, I was almost completely unaware of their existence. As our company has gotten more into SEO and bringing our website into the 21st centry, in general, we've been looking at all kinds of new things that can help make it better.

This book helped illustrate not only how easy microformats are to implement, but how much benefit they can be to your company (and personal!) website in general. The information is solid and easy to absorb and the author's wit as well as her professionalism shine through in every chapter.

I highly recommend this book for a great crash course in microformats and what they can do for you and your site. Who knew such a little thing (very low cost and effort of implementation) could be so beneficial.
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