Microformats.org Wiki 2.0

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Microformats.org has been served by a near-default MediaWiki theme since it first went live in 2005. Over the years the kind of content published on the wiki has been established, and the editing practices of our community better understood. The ‘Wiki 2.0’ project is a medium-sized undertaking to update our wiki software to better suit the communities needs, and take the opportunity to add some visual sparkle too.


Summary of Changes

How to Use Wiki 2.0

The following tries to explain how best to use the new features in Wiki 2.0.

Page Titles

Between version 1.4 and 1.13 MediaWiki fixed a bug whereby headings marked up with HTML elements were excluded from the generated Table of Contents on pages. We have since used H1 elements to override the headings of pages whilst not offsetting the TOC numbering into 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc. Since that bug is fixed, this hack has been replaced with a more robust mechanism.

Rather than use H1 elements to title your pages, instead use the new entry-title element. This is parsed by a MediaWiki extension and overrides the entry title as displayed on the page, whilst excluding it from the TOC. It is so named, because it corresponds to the entry-title element in the underlying hAtom that each entry is now marked up with.

Writing Specifications

The new wiki supports special display of specification documents, different from regular pages. The pages are styled more plainly and content spans the full width of the page, akin to documentation from the W3C, WHATWG and other bodies. The sidebar is pushed down into an expanded footer, so all functionality remains.

To enable these views, you must add your page to a particular category.

Please note that issues pages, brainstorming pages, straw-men and anything else not explicitly a Draft Specification or Specification document should not be added to these categories and should continue to be presented as regular wiki pages.

Categories should be declared at the base of articles, please.

Discussions and Issues

Within documents discussions are often represented through nested lists. They are hard to follow, and hard to differentiate from the actual content of the document. You can now mark them up and have them presented more appropriately, and hopefully more clearly.

The following are examples to show the rendering:

  • I'm not happy with the phrasing of the above. --BenWard 09:50, 17 November 2008 (UTC)
    • I disagree, I think it's fine! --BenWard 09:50, 17 November 2008 (UTC)
  • New wiki does not support declarative creation of animated GIFs on profile pages. This is a big deal for me! --BenWard 09:50, 17 November 2008 (UTC)
    • No. Just… no! --BenWard 09:50, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

Always sign your contributions to discussions using the string --~~~~ at the end of your text.

Code Highlighting

We've installed a Syntax Highlighting extension. This allows you to have nicer highlighting of many languages used in examples and code snippets on the wiki.

  <source lang=html4strict>
  <div class="vcard">
    <a class="fn org" href="http://microformats.org">Microformats.org</a>


<div class="vcard">
    <a class="fn org" href="http://microformats.org">Microformats.org</a>

Note that the language name for HTML is html4strict, not just ‘HTML’. You can find the full list of supported languages on the Syntax Highlighter extension page: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:SyntaxHighlight_GeSHi#Supported_languages


The Wiki 2.0 project was implemented by User:BenWard. The visual style is derived from the original microformats.org theme by Dan Cederholm. The wiki also uses the wonderfully useful Fam Fam Fam Silk icons by Mark James.


Please report, bugs issues and requests on the wiki-2-issues page.



Microformats.org Wiki 2.0 was last modified: Sunday, September 22nd, 2013