[whatwg] [wf2] Leap seconds, dates in the past

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Aug 16 14:25:40 PDT 2006

On Wed, 16 Aug 2006, mozer wrote:
> A lot of work as already been done by the W3C XSL WG on calendar (and 
> even negative year in needed)
> http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt20/#lang-cal-country

Wow, that section has more UA-dependent behaviour than the HTML4 spec 
does. And it fails to actually define anything as far as I can tell. In 
fact it seems less precise than even WF2 at this point. It doesn't even 
mention leap seconds at all.

On Wed, 16 Aug 2006, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> > > 
> > > I don't think we need to support years before 1CE.
> ...
> > > Anybody doing real work with dates that far back is going to have very
> > > specific needs when it comes to calendars and WF2 isn't going to cut it
> > > for them.
> I disagree. There are a lot of use cases for simple forms dealing with 
> dates before 0001-01-01 even if we just use the proleptic Gregorian 
> calendar. The most obvious is a conversion widget between calendars - 
> there is no need for machine-interpretable information to know that one 
> date is julian and one gregorian to find the right dates for tracking 
> key events leading to the October Revolution...

Um, ok. Maybe in Web Forms 3.

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