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microsyntax refers to short text conventions for conveying specific semantic meaning, such as an "@" prefix indicating a (user)name, or "#" prefix indicating a hashtag (both conventions popularized by Twitter).


Please see previous work at microformats.org:

New research:

  • (Y) - Used for the thumbs up emoticon on Skype, Facebook
  • <3 - ASCII heart, used as substitute for “love”


A place to brainstorm indieweb microsyntax especially for plaintext notes, and POSSEing of specific types of posts to plaintext-like POSSE destinations (e.g. Twitter])

at-sign for in-reply-to URL

  • @example.com/some-post => <a href="http://example.com/some-post" class="u-in-reply-to">
    • We need pfefferle and acegiak to clarify their use case. Just adding links to the users domain in your post will send a webmention to the domain, so IMO it is unnecessary to prefix user domains with @ so I'm assuming they meant post urls. —Sandeep Shetty
      • The idea was to generate an easy mardownish way to generate semantic links, not really meant to display to any enduser - Matthias Pfefferle
    • No one does this currently (any real world example?) - feels a bit forced. People already think of "@" as meaning "hey this person". - Tantek 15:54, 21 June 2013 (PDT)
    • -1 agreed, this example is forced and doesn’t reflect real world usage. @mentions succeeded because they were a paved cowpath, it defeats the object to try to repurpose them --Waterpigs.co.uk 16:07, 21 June 2013 (PDT)
    • "we wanted a way to mark which one was the reply-to without needing to edit the html because we want the plugins to be accessible to non-technical wordpress users - plus, adding the html manually would be tiresome, so we're trying to work out a way to make it quick and easy" -acegiak
    • Seems OK to me but I've settled on re: http://example.com/some-post in my personal logs & recently on my site (e.g.1, e.g.2; just using as minimal reply context for now as I'm pretty sure others do). I've been only using it at the start of an entry but I think you could safely use it anywhere. Colintedford.com 21:11, 7 January 2015 (PST)

heart for like

  • <3 example.com =><a href="http://example.com" class="u-like">

metrics and exercise

Various metrics could use emoji, i.e. when POSSEing to text-like destinations like Twitter

  • 🌜Slept 8 hours
  • 🚲 Evening Ride
  • 🚙 Drove 3.2 miles in 25 minutes
  • 🏃 Ran 3.2 miles in 25 minutes
  • 🚶 Walked 3.2 miles in 50 minutes
  • 💪 Did 13pushups
  • 👣 Weighed 153.3lbs


A minimal plaintext syntax for posting quotations which an auto-linker/formatter could use to style it properly.

“the personal blog, yourname•com, where you control everything and get to do whatever the hell pleases you” http://avc.com/2014/08/the-personal-blog/ #indieweb


“I miss being able to engage other people online in discussions that are actually productive.” @espiers http://elizabethspiers.com/2014/08/25/here-i-go-again-on-my-own/ #indieweb


"I wanted to reply to that comment, but could not for the life of me, log into WordPress to leave it. So I’ll blog about it instead." http://avc.com/2014/08/the-personal-blog/


These examples consist of the following components:

  • quoted text wrapped in standard or curly quotes ("" or “”)
  • source URL
  • optional author name
  • optional hashtags

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