About Microformats and the Internet
By Pankaj Maru
Mumbai, May 13, 2008
The rich internet content on web pages is embedded and wrapped in various semantic structured codes of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language), XML (Extensible Markup Language), and XHTML (Extensible Hyper Text Markup Language).
While, the web rich content remains tagged and intact in semantic structured codes, now an attempt is being made to free and reuse the content. Using microformats the content will offer greater accessibility and benefits to users.
Microformats are simple open data formats developed over the existing standards. However, microformats are promoted and advocated by a group of volunteers who have formed a community which is involved in the development and research of microformats. However, microformats are still at a very nascent stage.