Tonight: Joost de Valk, Bas van den Beld and Richard Baxter Talk Microformats

I’m super excited to be discussing Microformats with industry luminaries Joost De Valk and Bas van den Beld on Tuesday 15th June at 8pm in Europe, 7 in the UK, in the US at 2pm on the East Coast and 11am on the West Coast on the State of Search radio show on Webmasterradio.fm.

What are Microformats?

Microformats are an extension to xHTML to allow us to highlight (mark-up) items of data in a web page such as addresses, reviews, locations and even recipes! Think of them as a way of attaching extra meaning to the information published on a web page. Love them or hate them, Microformats are here to stay and the chances are you’re already using them. Rel=”nofollow” is an elemental Microformat, used (as we know) to show a search engine that you don’t editorially vouch for a source of information you’re citing as a link on a webpage.

How many Microformat standards are there?

There are many drafts or standard Microformats available to webmasters implement. You could use hRecipe to markup your recipes on a cooking website, hNews to add journalistic and original source data to an article or hProduct to highlight brand, price and product category information.

What would you like us to discuss?

I’m really interested to hear your thoughts and questions on the topic of Microformats. If you have any questions, or you’d like to put forward some thoughts on topics for discussion, leave a comment below and we’ll address your issues in the show.

See you at 8pm in Europe, 7pm in the UK and in the USA, 2pm EST and 11am PST.

Editorial note: Joost did a presentation related to the topic last week (in Dutch). See the presentation below:

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About Richard Baxter

Richard Baxter (@richardbaxter) owns SEOgadget.co.uk – UK SEO Consultants helping people and organisations succeed in search. Richard has accrued valuable experience throughout his career in travel, engineering, recruitment, technology startup, retail and events industry SEO. More articles and bio from Richard Baxter