I’m working on a project to index logic puzzles across the web, such as those that I post at maybepuzzles.com. It seems microformats could be a neat way to help mark these up to make the indexing easier and more precise, but I’m a bit unclear on the current status there, and whether I should just do my own thing. I was hoping some of you might have some advice.
microformats.org seems a bit stale, with the last blog articles and events in 2018. Are microformats dead? Is it a good idea to engage with the community and/or standardization process, or better to just do my own thing?
How well do class-based microformats work in practice? (I.e., I might mark up the graphic to a puzzle with
<img class="puzzle-graphic" ...> I see I can edit the HTML on my wordpress site to add such classes, but is this generally an option on the various blogging platforms? To make this useful beyond my own blog, it should be possible for people to use without hosting their blog themselves.
Any better alternatives to allow authors to add explicit metadata? My other thought was to let authors add a link
<a href="https://some-puzzle-domain/?type=sudoku&author=name&..."><img></a> around the puzzle graphic and extract such links to identify puzzles.
(I’ll end up writing some more generic heuristics based scraper anyway, but having something more precise available would be great as a starting point.)