Overview: Microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. A web-based approach to semantic markup, microformats seek to re-use existing HTML/XHTML tags to convey metadata and other attributes in web pages and other contexts that support (X)HTML, such as RSS. This approach allows software to process information intended for end-users (such as contact information, geographic coordinates, calendar events, and similar information) automatically. As of 2010, microformats allow the encoding and extraction of events, contact information, social relationships and so on. Established microformats such as hCard are published on the web more than alternatives like schema (microdata) and RDFa.
Specifications: Available at: http://microformats.org/wiki/code-tools
IPR Policy: Not available
Current Status: Active
Last Updated: November 1, 2013