Peter Stuifzand

The advantage microformats have over other formats

I just realized what the big advantage is, that microformats have over other formats.

I was working on implementing the vevent microformat in my social concert calender. This was really easy. All I had to do was add some classes and some tags in special formats (most notably the ISO8601 date format).

You could say that the big advantage of this is that I only have to change a bit of markup and that it’s really easy. But that is not the biggest advantage.

The advantage is that I only have to create one place with this information: one page, one url or one controller in a web application. Bots and users can both get the same page and pull the same information. Adding API support is as easy as changing the markup to match specification.

I really like the way this works.

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