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RDFa is a way of embedding RDF in HTML that has maybe one or a few publishers on the indieweb, but no known consuming use-cases, perhaps due to being unnecessarily more verbose than Microformats as demonstrated by the example documented at kevinmarks.com/microformatschema.html.

RDFa adds several attributes to standard HTML: typeof to specify an RDF resource type, vocab to specify the schema containing the type, and (much more plentifully) property to specify the field names described by markup nodes. Microformats use the already existing class attribute for all these purposes, following common Semantic HTML practices.

Minimal markup example

This is a minimal article, with microformats, microformats2, and RDFa, in HTML5.

<main role="main" vocab="http://schema.org/" typeof="Blog WebPage">
    <article class="h-entry hentry singular" property="blogPost" typeof="BlogPosting" lang="en">
            <h1 class="entry-title p-name" property="headline">article title</h1>
            <img class="u-featured" property="image" src="https://domain.com/article.jpg" />

        <div class="e-summary entry-summary" property="description">
            <p>Short summary of the article.</p>

        <div class="e-content entry-content" property="articleBody">
            Long article body

            <time class="dt-published dt-updated published updated" datetime="1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00" property="dateModified datePublished">1970-01-01 00:00</time>, by
            <span class="p-author h-card vcard" property="author" typeof="Person">
                <img class="photo avatar u-photo u-avatar" property="image" src="https://domain.com/author.jpg" alt="Photo of author" />
                <a class="fn p-name url u-url u-uid org" property="url" href="https://domain.com/">
                    <span property="name">Author Name</span>
            </span>, published by
            <span property="publisher" typeof="Organization">
                <span property="logo" typeof="ImageObject">
                    <img src="https://domain.com/logo.jpg" alt="publisher image" property="url" />
                <span property="name">domain.com</span>
                <a href="https://domain.com" property="url">https://domain.com</a>

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