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Microformat Extensions for Dreamweaver

By Drew McLellan | March 30th, 2006 | Filed in Adobe TF, General

As part of our remit to encourage the use of web standards amongst the Dreamweaver community, the DWTF has produced a suite of extensions to help make working with Microformats easy.

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Part of the remit of the Dreamweaver Task Force is to work with the online user community to encourage and assist in the adoption of web standards. Whilst a lot of our effort to date has been to work alongside Macromedia (after all, there is little point us tell you to use standards if the tool makes it hard to do so), there are some things not reasonable to expect the Dreamweaver engineers to tackle right away.

One such example is Microformats. As a rapidly evolving area of development, it makes sense to implement support as an extension rather than wait for another product cycle to come around only to find the state of the art has changed. Extensions are fairly quick to implement and can be easily updated with time.

The DWTF thought it would be good if we produced some basic extensions to help provide support for Microformats in Dreamweaver. A public beta is available today.

In this release we have support for hCalendar, hCard, rel-license, rel-tag and XFN, which is a strong start. Hopefully we can improve these based on feedback, as well as adding some more in the future.

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#1 On April 4th, 2006 8:36 am David Owens replied:

Extension causes problems with search and replace
I don’t know if anybody else is having this problem, but the extension seems to cause problems with the folder-wide search and replace in Dreamweaver 8. The dialogue box asking if you are sure you want to edit the files doesn’t appear. Everything seems fine since I disabled the extension though.

#2 On April 4th, 2006 10:59 am WaSP Member drewm replied:

Thanks David – we’ve not had anyone else report that problem, but we’ll certainly look into it. It almost sounds so far fetched that it might be related.

#3 On May 8th, 2006 10:07 pm Remain replied:

I am sorry but I cann’t find any link to download the extension.

#4 On May 29th, 2006 1:16 am Colin Scroggins replied:

I have encountered the following issues with the hCard implementation:
- missing spaces between the address, city, and zip
- lack of email
- lack of title

It would be nice to have a dropdown to add additional elements to the card.

#5 On July 16th, 2006 4:33 am amperspective » Link Filter replied:

[...] Drew McLellan announces a Microformats extension for Dreamweaver. The initial release supports hCalendar, hCard, rel-license, rel-tag and XFN. [...]

#6 On August 18th, 2006 2:07 am Danny replied:

A humble request: can you please ensure the profile attribute (on ) is fully supported, at least for those microformats that have been given profile URIs. It makes the difference between scraping and parsing and supports techniques like GRDDL.

#7 On October 1st, 2006 7:11 pm Webdesign Germany replied:

I have ordered and read the Microformats eBook by O’Reilly (Microformats). For 9.95 is the price Ok, but there are improves in the Internet free tutorials with the same quality. I knew the Microformats Extension beta 0.6.0 unfortunately bring not to run ;(


#8 On January 13th, 2007 8:32 pm Findability Today » Blog Archive » Microformats: a brief intro replied:

[...] Some links to get more information: The home site. A good page about using them in wordpress. Great information that talks about accessibility and microformats. a easy to use extension for Dreamweaver that helps tagging for microformats. [...]

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