[whatwg] Dates BCE

Sam Kuper sam.kuper at uclmail.net
Thu Jul 30 09:12:27 PDT 2009

2009/7/30 Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage at gmail.com>

> On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 10:34 AM, Sam Kuper<sam.kuper at uclmail.net> wrote:
> > Not for BCE; I'm not working on that period at the moment, but excepting
> > that, here are a couple of good examples with ranges:
> > http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/darwinletters/calendar/entry-10762.html
> > http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/darwinletters/calendar/entry-295.html
> > http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/darwinletters/calendar/entry-6611f.html
> > Now, either there should be markup available for ranges, or it should at
> > least be possible to specify components of a date independently of each
> > other, and to imply (at least for humans) a "range" spanning these
> different
> > date elements as appropriate.
> Now, here's the million-dollar question: Why do you need <time> or
> something like it for these dates?  You seem to have them marked up
> quite fine as it is.

1) Machine readability.
2) Consistency across websites that mark up dates.
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