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Category: Semantic Web News

10/14/08

06:25:49 pm Permalink Create a Yahoo! SearchMonkey application

Categories: Semantic Web News

My latest article on developerWorks is a tutorial which takes you step by step through creating a SearchMonkey application. Although it makes use of a lot of Semantic Web technologies, SearchMonkey doesn't require a deep understanding of them in order to make useful applications - if you're a little familiar with PHP and XSLT you should find it fairly straightforward. Check out my earlier SearchMonkey Developer Event post for some background.


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06/03/08

10:28:10 pm Permalink Use the new microformats API in your Firefox 3.0 Extensions

Categories: Semantic Web News

I've had another article published on developerWorks, a short one this time, which looks at utilizing the new Microformats API in the upcoming Firefox 3.0 from within an extension. With it being a purposely short article I had to gloss over some of the background steps, so if you have any questions ask in the related forum topic and I'll try and point you in the right direction.


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05/21/08

12:00:01 am Permalink Implement Semantic Web standards in your Web site

Categories: Semantic Web News

I've had another article published on developerWorks, this time a tutorial so you'll have to register to view it. It moves on from my previous article with some actual code examples of a lot of the stuff I talked about before. Check it out and let me know what you think!


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03/25/08

01:12:22 pm Permalink Forum: Exploring Semantic Web Technologies

Categories: Web, Semantic Web News

I'm now moderating a forum on IBM developerWorks:

A forum, moderated by Rob Crowther, to discuss building web pages and sites that are a part of the Semantic Web. We'll cover the main front-end technologies such as RDF, RDFa, Microformats, GRDDL and OWL. This is a community for us all to learn together about how to build the next generation of the Web.

If you have any questions about Semantic Web technologies, or just want to share your ideas, please come along and make a post.


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03/14/08

02:46:07 pm Permalink Yahoo! Search to support Microformats

Categories: Technology News, Web, Semantic Web News

This might be big news for the Semantic Web, or it might not mean much at all. In one way, this doesn't change very much - Yahoo! is very much niche as far as search engines are concerned (in the UK at least), MSN/Live has overtaken them in terms of referrals on the websites I work with (probably because of all the new installs of Windows which have that set as the default search provider, rather than because their search is better), but both are dwarfed by Google. In another way, it might be enough benefit to make people think it's worthwhile to start adding more semantic markup, which in turn might lead into a virtuous circle which quickly ramps up the amount of semantic web content available to a critical mass.


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01/27/07

01:38:46 pm Permalink LinkedIn Launches hResume Support

Categories: Technology News, Semantic Web News

While the user has the ability to turn off Public Profile publishing altogether, only a small percentage have chosen to do so and with just the information listed [in the Basic View profile], the minimum requirement for hResume is met. In essence, we just launched ~9 million hResumes.

Pretty cool! Get yourself the Operator extension and go have a look at my resume :)


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12/19/06

11:38:22 am Permalink Official Mozilla Microformat extension

Categories: Technology News, Web, Semantic Web News

Mozilla have released an extension for Firefox which demonstrates:

the usefulness of semantic information on the Web, in real world scenarios

It searches for Microformats in the page you're viewing and then lets you use that information directly, for instance by posting hCalendar events directly into Google calendar. There is no specific statement implying this, but I'm assuming this is a glimpse of the future as far as Firefox is concerned - we're seeing what built in support for Microformats might look like in a future version of Firefox.


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11/06/06

06:02:10 pm Permalink More Microformat Goodness

Categories: Web, Semantic Web News

Rel-lint is a lint tool (like a non-authoritative validator) for XFN, rel-tag and other microformats that make use of the rel attribute of links.


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11/01/06

11:50:53 pm Permalink Microformats Buttons

Categories: Web, Semantic Web News

After my adventures in Microformats yesterday, I was looking for some simple way to indicate on my pages that there were Microformats available. I was thinking along the lines of those little graphics you see to indicate RSS feeds. Couldn't find any that were suitable - maybe I'm just googling for the wrong term? Anyway, as I couldn't find any, I made some - enjoy!


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