Earlier this week I discussed microformats with Elmine. Microformats make your website machine readable, allowing other computers and applications to e.g. find out where my contact information is, and the metadata from my postings.
It was a discussion that branched off a conversation on online representation and marketing. I currently use the Sempress theme on this blog as it does microformats pretty well as far as I can tell, but it doesn’t look all that nice. Previously I had used the microformats plugin in a regular theme, but that didn’t work really well (the plugin is not at fault, it’s a best effort)
Ideally I’d like to add microformats to other sites I use, not just this blog. That means I’d like to add it to a generic theme like U-design. As I think it would be less effort to add microformats to U-design, than make Sempress look better and more generic for my sites. Elmine approached the creators of U-design, but microformats are not on their list of priorities. They do already support schema.org out of the box.
The steps I think I need to make:
- Map-out visually where I want to use which microformats where and how. [UPDATE: done]
- Then take a much closer look at the code of the existing Microformats plugin as well as the functions.php file of the Sempress theme
- to see how the first hooks into existing themes, and how the second shapes the microformats to be added to the html of the page.
- Determine if one or the other is usable with U-design as is, or alternatively which parts to re-use / adapt