[uf-discuss] Human and machine readable data format
bjonkman at sobac.com
Mon Jul 14 20:39:57 PDT 2008
On 14 Jul 2008 at 22:39, Breton Slivka wrote:
> There is another solution that I have been trying to advocate, which
> is not metadata, and it's not natural language parsing. It is quite
> simply, to define a strict date format that IS human readable,
But there already IS a strict date format, and is IS human readable
without any language barriers. It's the ISO8601 date format, YYYY-
MM-DD. Same for the time format, hh:mm:ss
No, it's not the prettiest format, but it exists now and is
universally accessible. A conversation on IRC some days ago
suggested that just the date or time by itself pose no access
barrier to speech readers (which is why the idea of splitting date
from time is so attrative).
> which can optionally be used in place of ISO 8601 in the title
> attribute of an ABBR tag.
And that's the OTHER problem people are objecting to, the (alleged)
mis-use of the <abbr> tag.
> Unless a screen reader supports iso8601 in a title
> attribute specifically,
...and I believe that Jaws does, as long as the date is separated
with dashes, eg. 2008-07-14 and the time is separated with colons,
So, it's for these reasons that I am not in favour of any prosaic
date formats. Besides, the microformats community doesn't exist to
create date format standards -- it adopts existing standards to make
existing content more accessible (both for people and programs).
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