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Microformats: Empowering Your Markup for Web 2.0 1st Corrected ed., Corr. 3rd printing Edition

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"Provides an introduction that explains what microformats are, and identifies some of the publishers of Web content. … Throughout the book, Allsop provides guidance on how to use CSS in order to present the microformatted information. … Allsop has done an excellent job of introducing the reader to microformats. He explains both how and why the use of microformats is important. I highly recommend that every Web professional becomes familiar with microformats. This is an excellent resource with which to begin." (Will Wallace, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (8), August, 2008)

About the Author

Successful software developer, long standing web development speaker, writer evangelist and expert, John Allsopp has spent the last 15 years working with and developing for the web. As the head developer of the leading cross-platform CSS development tool Style Master, and developer and publisher of renowned training courses and learning resources on CSS and standards based development, John is widely recognized as a leader in these fields. As a presenter and educator, John speaks frequently at conferences around Australia and the world. His idiosyncratic blog Dog or Higher covers a broad range of subjects, particularly in technology and innovation, and is widely read and referenced. He is also a co-founder of the Web Directions conference series. John's true claim to fame, and source of some embarrassment is (semi-publicly) coining the term "Web 2.0" some months before O'Reilly. John apologizes unreservedly for helping to inflict this term on the world. When not bathed in the glow of various computer screens, John is a volunteer surf lifesaver at Sydney's famous Bondi Beach, where he lives with his wife and young daughter, who are the light of his life.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st Corrected ed., Corr. 3rd printing edition (March 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590598148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590598146
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,200,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Microformats: Empowering Your Markup for Web 2.0 by John Allsopp is an incredible resource for learning Microformats. I didn't know what to expect with this book, as part of me wondered how someone could take over 300 pages to talk about Microformats. Truth be told -- this book was very in-depth from cover to cover. Microformats are still in their infancy, being just a few years old. However, as we see throughout this book -- there are many big players who are staking ground in the value and use of Microformats. I recently read HTML Mastery which scratched the surface of the power of Microformats. I would consider this book The Official Guide To Microformats with all of the information available. Here is a brief glimpse of what is found in this resource:

The book is broken down into 5 parts, but I will look over each chapter individually.

Chapter 1 answers the question "What are Microformats?" This is a thorough introduction to Microformats, the semantic web, the benefits of using Microformats -- as well as it's origins, definition, and principles. The principles include:

- Solve a specific problem.

- Start as simply as possible.

- Are designed for humans first, machines second.

- Reuse building blocks from widely adopted standards.

- Are modular and embeddable.

Enable and encourage decentralized development, content, and services.

These are vital to the heart of Microformats. Though the web is aspiring to be semantic -- we still have many problems to solve to help out our machine friends in the process of making sense of our language.

Chapter 2 gives us some quick snapshot views into how Microformats are currently being used. Discussions of browsers, their support, and their future.
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First off - my apologies to the author, John Allsopp, for this review not being marked-up in the hReview format. That being said, I have definitely gleaned no small amount of ideas from his Microformats Book, and will be implementing them when I design future sites. What exactly are microformats? Think of them as small, semantic enhancements to existing markup. They also ease aggregation of data. According to the official site...

"Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Instead of throwing away what works today, microformats intend to solve simpler problems first by adapting to current behaviors and usage patterns (e.g. XHTML, blogging)."

Perhaps the easiest microformat to describe is the XFN format, which grew out of a 2004 discussion amongst Eric Meyer, Matt Mullenweg and Tantek Çelik in Austin, TX at SXSW Interactive. It basically involves using the underutilized rel attribute to indicate relationship between yourself and the owner of a page to which you are linking. Simple - right? Yes, and that's the point. Microformats are not some new language you have to master, simply using agreed upon uses of existing tags, attributes and CSS classes to build richer categorization of data. Another microformat, pioneered by Google, is that of rel-nofollow. "No follow" is a bit of a misnomer, because search engines will still crawl and index the link. However, they will not take that link into consideration when calculating the PageRank of the URL destination. A common use of rel-nofollow is linking to someone who has ripped off your work, in which case you want to call attention to, but not reward the misdeed.
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I thought this was a good book, that definitely gave a good overview of Microformats, and acts as a fairly good reference. I did, however, feel that it was substantially longer than it needed to be, covering a number of topics that I feel would be second-nature to most people who would be interested in this book. I didn't feel a need for fifty or so pages throughout that go over the fundamentals of standards-compliant xhtml, or little css tricks for layout and the like. It's not that I didn't feel these sections weren't well written -- just that I think most people who are looking for a book on Microformats are probably well past wanting a basic primer on xhtml/css methodologies. I would have preferred a 40 page book that just dug into the meat of Microformats.

My final assessment is that this is a good book -- John certainly knows his stuff -- but be prepared to have a fair amount of rehashing of simple concepts.
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Microformats are a great idea with a not so great implementation (IMHO). This book tries to explain what microformats are and how to use them. But John Allsopp keep getting lost in all sort of marginal details without never going to the point. The book is missing: (1) a chapter with a clear syntax for the most common microformats, (2) a perspective view of the evolution of MF and their relevance for the web and the final users. John waste pages and pages explaining all sort of irrelevant details such as how to make a frame with rounded corners using CSS (BTW showing us a very obsolete technique) and similar off-topics. The impression is of an author working with the main concern of generating enough pages not to invalidate the contract with the publisher.
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