[uf-discuss] Human and machine readable data format

John Allsopp john at westciv.com
Tue Jul 15 14:57:54 PDT 2008

Hi Scott,

> 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've got some Japanese folks looking into that.

I don't speak Japanese, but last week I was in a very popular Japanese  
business, and required to fill in a form (well, my colleague did it  
for me) and they used the traditional calendar. Which lead me to think  
it was quite common (my colleague said that it was not uncommon).

> 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.

Hopefully I'll have an answer on that soon


John Allsopp

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