[whatwg] Expanding datetime

WeBMartians webmartians at verizon.net
Thu Jul 31 04:58:10 PDT 2008

Believe it or not, Yes!

Consider the couple to be congratulated on their gazillionth anniversary. Is that diamond, gold, platinum? Whatever it is, if your
date time system is limited to epoch 1970, you're out of luck. That's why I claim that restrictions (rigorously documented) are OK
as long as they are not ludicrous - "ludicrous" being a gray area, rather than a sharp line - 1970 definitely is, 1900 is probably
OK, 1582 is interesting and far less ludicrous, while -9999 is very safe but maybe ludicrous in other ways (prolepsis, locales...).

-----Original Message-----
From: whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org [mailto:whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of Henri Sivonen
Sent: Thursday, 2008 July 31 04:26
To: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
Cc: 'WHATWG List'; Ian Hickson
Subject: Re: [whatwg] Expanding datetime

On Jul 30, 2008, at 23:29, Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis wrote:
> Wrong.
> Microformats may also be used to mark up events that happened in the 
> past and people who are dead. For example:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney

What use case is served by marking up Walt Disney's birthday as bday?

Surely people aren't supposed to export Walt Disney's contact information to their address book app and have it remind them to
congratulate Walt on his birthday.

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at iki.fi

More information about the whatwg mailing list