Microformats Made Simple

Microformats Made Simple, a book my friend Emily Lewis wrote, now has its own microsite. If you haven’t picked up a copy of it yet, you really ought to.

3 Replies to “Microformats Made Simple”

  1. Hey Chris,

    As a huge believer in microformats myself, I have a question. With absolutely no disrespect intended to you or your friend: Who exactly is this book’s target audience?

    I love Microformats, but it seems to me that they’re dead simple to understand. Any time I want to output something in a microformat, I just search Google for the format and do it. Does this book have some insight that I would not get from general internet research?

    I just don’t get it. Is this book targetting the lay-person? If so, why? They don’t write code anyway. Help me out here.



    1. No offense taken, Eric.

      I think the book is designed for people that see Microformats as a waste of time, or see them as a burden to incorporate into stuff they’ve already done. To you or I they seem dead simple – and arguably they are – but this book provides clear, understandable examples of how to implement them. I think people see the examples provided in the mfWiki and think they’re locked into specifically how they’re marked up in them. That’s simply not the case.

      Laypersons probably couldn’t give a crap about microformats. But their site could take advantage of them with or without their knowledge, if their designer/developer was better equipped to implement them.

      1. Ok. That makes sense. As a developer who sucks at design, I take a LOT of pride in having good markup output that a good designer can work with. I rely HEAVILY on standards. I realize that there are a lot of developers still who could care less, but I kinda hoped that in 2010 most of those would already be entrenched in nasty corporate jobs writing code for their intranet. I assumed that most developers in the internet space these days try to output good clean markup that is semantically valid and use little useful “standards” like microformats wherever possible.

        So really, the only one writing content to an audience that they shouldn’t it you… ;) I can’t imagine you have a lot of people who hate formats subscribing to your blog… :D

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