Along with many other people, I’ve been talking about microformats over the past several months. Now they have a home: microformats.org. It’s primarily a community site, a place where people interested in microformats can congregate and share ideas. It’s also a central point from which new microformats can be created and advanced. There are pointers to mailing lists, an IRC channel, a weblog, and more.
If you’re interested in a quick introduction to microformats, I highly recommend the leadoff comment in the weblog. It’s a great introduction to the what, whys, and wherefores of microformats. The collection of links it’s carrying around is pretty nice, too.
I don’t know for certain how the whole microformats effort will turn out, but more to the point I don’t feel I have to know. Right now, the low entry barrier and amount of promise shown by microformats makes them extremely compelling, as I think the information on the new site demonstrates. To echo Tantek, I’ll let the market decide how they’re used, whether they’re a good idea at all, and what shape they take over the long term.
All I know is that I feel the same way about microformats as I felt about CSS, back when I first encountered it. My instincts tell me, as they did then, that this is important, that it has almost undreamt potential, that it can change the way we build and use the Web.