Microformats allow us to label certain types of ordinary text content on Wikipedia pages so that software can recognise and process it. You'll find microformats on lots of other leading websites, too, such as The BBC, Facebook, LinkedIn and Upcoming.
Our use of microformats make it possible for your computer to extract such information from Wikipedia articles and then re-use it in other websites (to, say, convert, aggregate or chart it), or in computer programs (such as your calendar or address book, or Google Earth).
There are two ways to use our microformats, by adding a tool to your web browser, or letting another website do the job for you.
Adding a microformat-aware tool to your web browser makes it possible to use the microformats described above. Examples include:
Some websites allow you to submit the URL (address) of one of our web pages, and will then act upon the microformats on that page, for you. Examples include:
(The source code from some of these websites can be downloaded for installation on another server.)
Our microformats are read by, among others:
If you are interested in the technical side of things, here is more detail about microformats, what they do, and how they work: