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

WeBMartians webmartians at verizon.net
Fri Jan 2 16:29:09 PST 2009

Asbjørn, while I can't give you a message-list, please believe me when I say that the HTML5 specifications on this are the result of
quite a bit of discussion and IMHO represent a reasonable compromise between driving the developers crazy and supporting dates and
times back to the Cenozoic era.

That said, I'm staying out of this one! ...been here too many times already...
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From: whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org [mailto:whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of Asbjørn Ulsberg
Sent: Friday, 2009 January 02 16:53
To: Ian Hickson
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Subject: Re: [whatwg] Issues relating to the syntax of dates and times

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: 


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!

Asbjørn Ulsberg         -=|=-          asbjorn at ulsberg.no
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