My 6 predictions on microformats

Joshua Allen helped organize the microformats and structured blogging unofficial session at Mix this week with Marc Canter and Tantek.

Joshua has posted 6 predictions on the topic of microformats that are worth a read (thanks to Tommy for the pointer).

FWIW (inspired by Joshua) here are my six predictions on the topic:

    1. 2006 will be a hot year for microformats, but 2007 will be even hotter (am pointing to Chris as he was the first one to help me understand the significance - in a bar somewhere in San Francisco last year - thank you Chris).
    2. Most Microsoftees will not have heard of microformats nor know what they are by the end of 2006. But those Microsoftees that need to know, will.
    3. The OPML freaks will embrace microformats.
    4. Those who said structured blogging wouldn't take off will come around as they realize that using microformats in blogs is structured blogging
    5. Some people will say microformats won't take off, no matter what
    6. New microformat-based business will blossom over the next two years


Tags (did you know these were microformats?):



Chris drops by and provides a couple of good explanatory links:

Adam Green:

"Amen, brother. I got the chance to discuss this issue with Alex, Josh Porter and John Tropea in a recent podcast."

Comments (11)

  1. mmm, opml is not mentioned on, xoxo is…

  2. Scott Abel says:


    I’m giving a presentation this week that will include structured blogging and microformats. I’d like to be able to explain to the audience your comment — tags are a microformat. Can you help me spell that out? A tag is a microcontent type? Is that because there’s an agreed upon structure, way of describing content, etc.

    For instance, hCalendar is a standard way of describing event content. What is the name of the standard for a tag?


    Scott Abel

    abelsp at netdirect dot net

  3. Scott — a couple of us on the microformats list are working on Microformats for Dummies… in the meantime, Tantek and Ryan’s presentations are immensely useful:

  4. MSDNArchive says:

    Chris – thanks for these links – have updated post to include these.

    Scott – check these new links, should answer your questions

    Pieter – I say: so what? This doesn’t have to an "either / or" thing.  Interop.

  5. ryan king says:



    Rel-Tag is a microformat for tagging, more commonly known as ‘Technorati Tags’ (when linking to Technorati).

  6. l.m.orchard says:

    Pieter:  That’s because OPML isn’t an XHTML microformat, though XOXO is.  But, through the XHTML namespace, it could carry microformat data.

  7. BillyG says:

    After reading Danny Ayers for hours yesterday, I couldn’t agree with you more IRT "will be big". Yes I do converse via OPML (why not for now?) but it is very obvious that the Semantic Web is the future. Starting from TBL, it looks like those Brits knew it all along. Funny how it has never taken off over here but I feel that the winds are changing and I wholeheartedly look forward to learning new things.

    ot: I see your Grazr is up, hmmm, I gotta check mine when I get home from school, been jerky last 24.

  8. Yay! Alex! I hope to see some Microformats screencasts in the near future. 😉

    I’m glad you’ve come around. XOXO! (which is show-show…but also hugs and kisses) 😉

  9. It's only mid November and I've found plenty of opinions already predicting trends for the web

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