Emily Lewis: Microformats

It’s no secret the entire unmatchedstyle crew will be at the In Control 2011 conference in February. Once area of building websites i’ve always been interested in getting into more is Microformats, Emily Lewis (@emilylewis) author of Microformats Made Simple and full time freelance web designer will be doing a workshop on this very subject. Which gets me very excited to have access to someone of this calibre on the subject to ask questions and learn from.

Microformats are simple HTML design patterns you can follow to add semantics to your web content. With additional semantic meaning, your content becomes more findable, extensible, standards-compliant and usable. Some of the biggest sites on the web today use microformats for these reasons, including Google, Yahoo!, Facebook and Twitter, just to name a few. And you can too! After taking this workshop, you’ll be armed with what you need to start publishing microformats right away.
From the workshop page of the In Control website.

I thought i’d ring Emily up on Skype and see what I could expect from the almost 2 hour session that’s planned. Among all things microformats Emily is going to get into some of the following:

  • What microformats are and how you use them.
  • Demo some live apps that use microformats.
  • Show us how to publish them.
  • Impact of HTML5 on microdata.
  • Importance of semantic thinking.

I can’t wait to see all the speakers that will be there, but this particular track will, i’m sure, close the deal for me on using microformats in a more integrated way in all my future web projects.

More About Emily Lewis

From the incontrolconference.com website:
Author of Microformats Made Simple (New Riders, 2009), Emily Lewis has been working as a web professional since 1998, dabbling in project management and programming until she realized her true loves (HTML and CSS) and became a web designer. She is an expert in web standards, semantic markup, microformats and CSS. Emily also specializes in usability and accessibility.

Emily is passionate about community building and knowledge sharing. She co-manages Webuquerque, the New Mexico Adobe User Group for web practitioners. She also speaks about standards, markup, CSS, accessibility and microformats for various groups, including the University of New Mexico, the New Mexico Technology Council and Interlab.

Follow Emily on Twitter at: @emilylewis
Read more from Emily on her blog at: ablognotlimited.com
You can also hire her to work on your next project at: emilylewisdesign.com


Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of unmatchedstyle.com, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.