Microformats: Empowering Your Markup for Web 2.0 (英語) ペーパーバック – イラスト付き, 2007/3/27
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From the reviews:
"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)
Microformats doesn't bug me. Infact, I was happily surprised by it.
In a nutshell, in addition to using class information on an HTML tag as a means of using CSS for presentation, you can also use it for conveying information. Microformats are well thought out nested elements that provide human readable text, but machine processable content. The idea is fairly trivial, which is why it works so well.
Turns out there are all kinds of wonderful applications, and this book walks you through the problem that's being solved, shows why the solution is elegant, gives you plenty of examples, and then demonstrates how to not just create, but to detect and read Microformats.
As an added bonus, the book touches on all kinds of little developer tools, tricks, and browser extensions that just are plain usable.
In short, the book over delivers without being verbose.
I would love to see an updated editon of this book come out in the near future to update us on any newer microformats that are available (which you can always check out a microformats.org) and also on companies that have since begun to use microformats (even more than say Yahoo! and Technorati).
Thanks for such a wonderfully written book.