Benefits of RDFa
Benefits of RDFa
RDFa stands for “Resource Description Framework in attributes” and it refers to a standard involving embedded metadata inside existing webpages and documents. Metadata or metalanguage is widely used across the web to basically put more data about an existing data. This data are referred to as additional attributes which can be embedded to the webpage as recommended by the W3C. Supporters and proponents of this standard point out the following benefits:
1. RDFa gives independence to the publisher
Being able to put metadata on a Webpage simply makes a web developer and publisher literally stand-alone and not require other means and standards. By employing one’s own standard, a website may be published with all the data and metadata that is necessary.
2. Additional attributes may be re-used
Attributes added to a particular webpage may be in the form of parameters for a certain file or document. These parameters could include document type, size, and file ownership details. All these contents or attributes of a particular file are readily available if they are needed for other webpages and documents. And by separating specific sections for XML and HTML components, there is no need for data duplication. One section may just include XML while another may have HTML information.
3. RDFa will boost SEO
Since every webpage wants to have higher rankings in terms of search engines, additional attributes or data extensions like RDFa can actually provide a boost to a particular website making it more visible to other people. These additional attributes or extensions may be in the form of website reviews or ratings which can be added on the information display on search engines. These additional data snippets can then translate to increased website traffic and/or boosted customer satisfaction.
The basic advantage of RDFa is that through this recommended standard, more essential data in the form of attributes and extensions may be added to an existing webpage which can possibly bring in more clicks, more views, and possibly more business.
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Written by : Erwin Z and updated on May 1, 2012