[whatwg] Dates BCE

Bruce Lawson brucel at opera.com
Thu Jul 30 07:10:21 PDT 2009

On Thu, 30 Jul 2009 15:05:10 +0100, Sam Kuper <sam.kuper at uclmail.net>  
> I sure hope there are! Historians and classicists are increasingly
> publishing to the web, and being unable to mark up years BCE in HTML 5  
> would
> hinder this. That said, marking up a year, say 1992 AD, (as opposed to a
> specific day within a specific month within a specific year, e.g. 3rd
> September 1992) also seems to be hard or impossible in HTML 5... unless  
> I've
> misread the spec.

Orthodoxy has it that there is no use case for marking up an ancient date  
or "fuzzy date" like "June 2009" using <time>. I disagree, and this has  
been discussed many times before. Do you have any concrete use cases or  
examples of how marking these up using <time> would be necessary?

Hang loose and stay groovy,

Bruce Lawson
Web Evangelist
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www.brucelawson.co.uk (personal)

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