[microformats-discuss] International date formats

Robert Bachmann rbach at rbach.priv.at
Mon Jul 25 11:51:19 PDT 2005

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar wrote:
> I also like the idea of a elemental microformat (nanoformat?) for dates.
> 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">
> Of course, Robert (unintentionally, I suspect) raised another point:

Yes, 2004 and 22:30 were "slips of the pen".

>> But with <abbr title="2004-02-07T22:30">02/07/2005 11:30 pm</abbr>, I
>> simply move the mouse cursor over it and my browser will display the
>> date in an unambiguous notation.
> Alas, "unambiguous" is an unfortunate term: is that 2004 or 2005?   That
> is the price of multiple representations; unfortunately, I can't  think
> of any way around it.   

Multiple representations shouldn't be hand-crafted in most cases.
Authoring systems could provide ways to enter a date using a
calender, and generate <abbr title="...">...</abbr> from it.

Robert Bachmann <rbach at rbach.priv.at> (OpenPGP KeyID: 0x4A5CCF10)

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