If you’re trying to get your head around microformats, this microformats primer from Digital Web Magazine is a decent place to start. The philosophy-to-applicability ratio is still pretty high but it’s among the better of articles I’ve come across. If I understand it correctly, the idea can be boiled down thusly: microformats are a way to communicate structured data through Web pages and other vehicles that were traditionally used to translate display-oriented markup.

At a sandwich place near the record shop, a young family entered while I ate lunch. There was a mom, a dad, a boy and a girl. The dad was wearing a tank top revealing a large tatoo on his shoulder. The tatoo depicted a young girl’s face, complete with hair and pigtails sticking out. It looked like a slightly younger version of his daughter.