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Metadata block


#1

As a user, I’d like to see when a page was last updated, and who is responsible for its creation and maintenance.

I’d expect a markup structure to use <dl> with options to expose schema.org properties (dates, authors, and the like).

Typically, a metadata block would be placed at the top or bottom of a page, and contain a human-readable subset of all metadata captured for a given page.

A verbose example below:

<body itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/WebPage">
...
<dl class="au-metadata-block">
  <dt>Replaces:</dt>
  <dd><a href="#">Old outdated policy</a></dd>
  <dt>Status:</dt>
  <dd>Under review</dd>
  <dt>Date modified:</dt>
  <dd><time datetime="2017-08-22" itemprop="datemodified">22nd August 2017</datetime></dd>
  <dt>Contributors:</dt>
  <dd>
    <ul>
        <li><a href="#" itemprop="contributor">Department of Government</a></li>
        <li><a href="#" itemprop="contributor">Department of Policy</a></li>
  </dd>
</dl>

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#2

Super low priority, but I would love to establish a standard for Government-styled metadata. For example, site titles. It seems to differ between Departments/Agencies, and even Campaigns within said agencies.

Few ideas I was toying with:
{Article/Page} | {Program/Policy} | Australian Government
{Program/Policy} | {Department/Agency}
Australian Government | {Program/Policy}
{Article/Page} | {domain.gov.au}

There maybe some accessibility implications, but I’m sure it’s not something anyone will lose sleep over.