[whatwg] Issues relating to the syntax of dates and times

Geoffrey Sneddon foolistbar at googlemail.com
Fri Jan 2 15:07:34 PST 2009

On 2 Jan 2009, at 21:53, Asbjørn Ulsberg wrote:

> On Wed, 26 Nov 2008 11:09:24 +0100, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
>> The spec draws the line already -- it says that the date has to be  
>> in the
>> proleptic Gregorian calendar, and that the year has to be greater  
>> than
>> zero.
> Reading the spec, I have to wonder: Does HTML5 need to specify as  
> much as it does inline? Can't more of it be referenced to ISO 8601  
> or even better; RFC 3339? I really fancy how Atom (RFC 4287) has  
> defined date constructs:
> <http://www.atompub.org/rfc4287.html#date.constructs>
> Does not RFC 3339 defined date and time in a satisfactory manner to  
> use directly in HTML5? If there's prior discussion regarding this,  
> I'd really appreciate a pointer. Thanks!

Without looking up prior discussion, the short answer is that content  
relies upon the parsing currently specified. Also, neither RFC3339 nor  
ISO8601 define parsing.

Geoffrey Sneddon

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