[uf-discuss] Formatting arbitrary dates, not part of hCalendar
bjonkman at sobac.com
Thu Mar 8 20:53:17 PST 2007
This is what <microformats-discuss at microformats.org> said
about "Re: [uf-discuss] Formatting arbitra" on 7 Mar 2007 at 14:39
> From: James Craig
> In this case, I think what you are looking for is the 'datetime'
> attribute on INS and DEL elements.
> <ins datetime="2007-03-05">5 March 2007</ins>
> From: Paul Wilkins
> So it's not the date that's the relevant part, it's the software release
Erm, neither. My usage isn't meant to refer to a change in the document in which it appears
(ruling out the semantic use of <ins> and <del>), nor is it meant to refer to software
releases in particular. Let me try again:
<abbr title="2007-03-08">Today</abbr> I bought an old
newspaper from <abbr title="2006-07-02">2 July 2006</abbr>
These are arbitrary dates, NOT related to the publishing date of the document it appears in,
not related to any resources such as a software release. I simply want dates occuring within
prose to be recognized as machine-readable dates. This is for both for screen readers and
disabiguation of dates such as 3/2/2006 or 02-03-06. It's also useful when quoting text with
poorly formatted dates, without altering the presentation of the original quote, eg.
The Constitution of <abbr title="1776-07-04">4/7/76</abbr>
Andy Mabbett suggested a class of "dtstamp" which comes closer to what I intend, but the
iCalendar property DTSTAMP is specifically meant to indicate when an iCalendar object was
created, which is not the case here.
Following the design pattern for dates, I think we need a semantic classname such as
"datetime" which James Craig pointed out is an attribute for <ins> and <del>
<abbr class="datetime" title="2006-03-02">March 2, 2006</abbr>
Does such a classname for an arbitrary date/time already exist?
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