One of the biggest hurdles in adopting any new technology is the availability of good tools to work with. RDFa has suffered from that for too long. So it was with much enthusiasm that I read this morning of the launch of an RDFa extension for Dreamweaver version 8 to CS4. This is great news as it hasn’t been the easiest to publish RDFa by hand. Having an extension available to such a popular developer program will definitely improve the situation.
Martin McEvoy has just released the RDFa Documents extension which will (soon) be available via Adobe Exchange once approved. For now you can grab it directly from Martin’s site: v0.1.
A short feature list:
- RDFa Documents contains a HTML TagLibrary with RDFa attributes and a XHTML+RDFa 1.0 Document Type Declaration
- The extension makes RDFa available to any Layout or Template that supports HTML/XHTML
- It is also possible to convert existing Documents to RDFa using the Dreamweaver conversion utility
- The extension currently supports inserting RDFa at code level along with predictive text via a drop down
Here is a short step-by-step from Martin:
The easiest way to get going with RDFa in Dreamweaver is to create a new document
- File => New
- The Page Types you can choose from are HTML, ASP, HTML Template, JSP or PHP
- Chose any layout, then from the Doc Type select, XHTML+RDFa 1.0
- You are done, carry on in design view but split your view so you can see both Code and Design view and inserting RDFa where necessary.
- Alternatively, you can convert your existing web pages by choosing File => Convert => XHTML+RDFa. This inserts the RDFa Document type declaration and converts (if not already) your document to XHTML.