An exciting development that we never thought we'd be announcing - Joomla! will soon be shipping with support for Microdata!
Microdata and Semantic HTML Blog
We blog about all things microdata, semantic HTML, and other related topics! Our specialism is in Joomla! but most of the content applies to all websites!
If you're a Gmail user like me, and you have a reasonably up to date mobile or tablet using Jelly Bean, you'll no doubt have come across the Google Now interface, with useful 'cards' which appear based on where you are, what time of day it is, what is happening in your life and more. I've often said that semantic markup is going to be critical going forward and this is just another example of why it's important to be up to date with the latest developments.
Google has announced that it is now accepting microdata within emails that are sent, and it's Gmail interface will make use of the microdata it finds.
A question I was asked several times at JoomlaDagen last weekend was which microdata markup system to use - some recommend schema.org, others use data-vocabulary.org, and what about RDFa and RDFa Lite?
Adding microdata to your content, only to find out a few months later that search engines have switched from favouring one system to another is nothing short of frustrating. So, we've listened and come up with a solution!
We've been talking about microdata and semantic HTML for what seems like an eternity, but now search engines and web applications are starting to use semantic markup as a way of pulling in useful and relevant information to answer questions.
Semantic HTML is a relatively new development in the grand scheme of website development, and many have yet to adopt the markup in their websites. It basically allows you to add contextual information to your content which is not necessarily visible to the visitor, but which gives critical information to search engines about the context of the information on the page.