I'm currently working on a website for my student group, a performing team. The website will have upcoming performance information, so I thought I would use microdata to setup upcoming performances as structured data Events. On each performance page, the performance is given an itemtype of "Event".

The pages are correctly given this type, as can be seen by using Inspect Element on the webpage. But when I try looking at the page through Google's Structured Data Testing Tool, the type detected is "event", and so the custom Event itemprop's are seen as errors. Is there something I am doing wrong in my implementation of microdata?

example page

Testing tool


Google’s SDTT always displays the Schema.org types in lower case (which is an error, as they are case-sensitive). But it doesn’t affect anything, it’s only a problem with their page.

As far as I can see, Google is parsing your markup correctly: The property photo is not valid for Event (only for Place), and the property summary isn’t defined at all, hence also not valid.

The "Missing required field name" might be misleading: It doesn’t mean that the name property is required by Schema.org, it only means that Google requires it for displaying their Rich Snippet.

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  • Thank you!! I should have checked the schema.org definition more carefully -__- I was following Google's guide to Event markup, but maybe it's out of date. Thanks again! – Joel G Aug 28 '14 at 6:14
  • @JayGee: On this documentation, they are using Data-Vocabulary.org (http://data-vocabulary.org/Event) instead of Schema.org (http://schema.org/Event). – unor Aug 28 '14 at 6:19
  • Ahh I see, that explains it. Thanks for all the help! – Joel G Aug 28 '14 at 22:28

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