[uf-discuss] Re: hAtom in Wordpress or Php: Iso 8601 timestamp

Toby A Inkster mail at tobyinkster.co.uk
Sat Mar 8 11:17:46 PST 2008

Scott Reynen wrote:
> Lorenzo De Tomasi wrote:
>> But now the question is which is the correct ISO 8601 timestamp?
>> 2008-01-29T11:42:00+01:00 or 2008-01-29T11:42:00+0100?
> Both are valid per ISO 8601.

True. But it is worth remembering that ISO 8601 encompases a whole range 
of different datetime formats. The datetime as I write this paragraph 
could be recorded variously as:


Most applications do not want to have to parse so many different datetime 
formats, so specify a subset ("profile") of ISO8601 which they support.

The datetime design pattern states that microformats SHOULD use a profile 
of ISO8601 to use, and that profile SHOULD be RFC 3339 and/or W3CDTF, 
neither of which support the colon-free UTC offset. 

Of course, to be annoying, none of the microformats which actually make 
use of the datetime design pattern (hCalendar, hCard, hAtom, hReview) 
actionally *do* specify which profile of ISO8601 to use, implying that you 
can basically choose your favourite ISO8601 date format and use that. 
2008W106T190312.000+0000, here I come!

In fact, hCard and hReview don't even normatively reference ISO8601, so 
theoretically <span class="bday">First of June 1980</span> should be 
allowed, though that's just being plain cruel to parsers!

Toby A Inkster BSc (Hons) ARCS
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