Similar to outside efforts like Microformats, HTML5’s microdata offers a way of extend HTML by adding custom vocabularies to your pages.
Using microdata, you can create your own custom name/value pairs to define a vocabulary that describes a business listing.
Microdata is useful today, but what about Microformats or more complex tools like RDFa? The answer is that all three will work (and Google, in most cases, understands all of them).
In the end, the differences between the three are primarily in the syntax, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. But given that the Microdata specification will very likely become an official recommended web standard as part of HTML5, it seems the most future-proof of the three options.
I have been an advocate for microformats for a long time, it’s interesting to see a variation on the same theme baked in HTML5.
Pssstopedia est un projet ludique, éducatif et historique. L’idée derrière le projet c’est de créer une référence socio-historique à propos de la culture internet au Québec. Ses acteurs, URLs, sa mémétique, quelques projets cultes, ses ratés, ses succès, ses trolls (non!!!) et le plaisir d’avoir connu ou de reconnaître ce qui s’est passé entre la version 0.1 à 2.0 à… maintenant.
Found a few tricks I was not aware of in there and I am a pretty darn infomaniac myself already… one caveat:
During the process of analyzing these topic tracking tools, we discovered – to our surprise – that not many of these services output results as RSS. Some of the leading apps in this field require users to visit their service. With that in mind, here is our full list and analysis.
Stick with services that aggregates in a reader (like my favorite combo, Google Reader + NetNewsWire) for sanity.