[uf-discuss] Human and machine readable data format

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Mon Jul 14 19:16:32 PDT 2008

On [Jul 14], at [ Jul 14] 5:57 , John Allsopp wrote:

> I recently learnt that in Japan there are two year numbering  
> systems. The western style one is more common, but it far from  
> uncommon to use the traditional Japanese year numbering system as  
> well.

Do you have any examples of the non-Gregorian dates being published  
online?  Or any examples of applications that can take non-Gregorian  
dates as input?

I think we've established non-Gregorian calendars exist, but most  
countries officially adopted the Gregorian calendar several decades  
before the web existed (e.g. Japan in 1873).  Such adoption wasn't  
exclusive, but it draws into question (for me anyway) whether such  
calendars are common enough on the web and have enough potential use  
cases to warrant modeling in microformats.  I realize it's difficult  
to do such research without belonging to the cultures in which it  
would appear.  Unfortunately that just makes it more necessary to  
avoid mistakes.


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