screen shot of RDFa.info home pageFor Web Developers who have been looking for resources devoted to adding Linked Data to HTML, there’s a new site available today: RDFa.info. Visitors are greeted with the following headline, “RDFa is an extension to HTML5 that helps you markup things like People, Places, Events, Recipes and Reviews. Search Engines and Web Services use this markup to generate better search listings and give you better visibility on the Web, so that people can find your website more easily.” SemanticWeb.com has covered RDFa’s development and use in the past and we’ve often heard from developers that they were looking for such a starting place.

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Manu Sporny

Led by members of the RDFa Community, RDFa.info provides information and resources aimed at dispelling the myth that RDFa is difficult to implement. SemanticWeb.com caught up with Manu Sporny, one of the creators of the site, to learn more about its goals and resources: “One of the misconceptions that RDFa has, is being seen as a very programmer-centric extension to HTML. This misconception is unfortunate because it was built for Web developers, and with the right introduction to it, anyone can author RDFa.”

He continued, “We wanted a site that captured and taught the essence of RDFa to Web Developers. We wanted the site to gather a set of documentation and tools that would help web developers not only learn about authoring RDFa, but help them write markup, show them the result of their markup, and point out any issues with their RDFa-enabled web pages.”

Toward that end, rdfa.info will be adding new features and content and is set up to be a dynamic, evolving resource. As Sporny said, “The focus for rdfa.info is on people that create content for the Web. While the site is pretty sparse right now, we do have plans to add more documentation and tutorials over time as well as more features to the tools that are provided on the website. We hope that rdfa.info becomes a one-stop location for authors wanting to learn, write, and debug RDFa-enabled Web pages.”

Public Contributions Welcome

“We’re also running the site a little differently, ” said Sporny. “The entire site has been released into the public domain and all content added to the site will retain that public domain dedication. All of the source code is on github: https://github.com/rdfa/rdfa-website.”

“This means that anyone can contribute to the site – documentation, bug fixes, tutorials, etc. If you’re a web developer – just fork the site, make your changes, and do a pull request. The second your changes are accepted, they go live on the website – so, you get to see the impact of your contribution almost immediately.”

“With the launch of the new RDFa website, we are sending a clear signal that we put Web Developers first. We want to empower them with the tools they need to make their websites stand out on things like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft search result pages as well as Facebook posts.”