[microformats-discuss] International date formats

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar drernie at opendarwin.org
Mon Jul 25 10:27:08 PDT 2005

On Jul 25, 2005, at 10:14 AM, Tantek Çelik wrote:

> On 7/25/05 9:57 AM, "Dr. Ernie Prabhakar" <drernie at opendarwin.org>  
> wrote:
>> I also like the idea of a elemental microformat (nanoformat?) for  
>> dates.
> I've been thinking about this a while too, but I'm not sure there  
> is enough
> of a "problem" that needs to be solved to require a separate elemental
> microformat for dates.
> Rather, for now, I see this use of <abbr> as a microformat design  
> pattern
> that should be utilized in other microformats, any time a date or  
> time is
> needed.

A design pattern certainly sounds lower-weight than a nanoformat,  
though in the end I suspect it is just a matter of semantics. Oh,  
wait, *everything* here is merely semantics. :-)

>> I presume the official designation would be an "ISO_8601" date in the
>> title, but the 'recommended' practice would be, with a space and
>> timezone:
>>> <abbr title="YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM[:SS]+-Z">
> I would prefer to point to the W3C Note on Date Time for recommended
> practice for now.
>  http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-datetime
> Which does ask for the "T" date time separator to be used.

Ah, of course.   You're right (as usual :-): don't invent a  
convention if one already exists.

Still,  it would be nice to at least document this 'design pattern'  
somewhere (with the W3C link), no matter what we call it.

-- Ernie P.

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