[whatwg] Dates BCE
jim at eatyourgreens.org.uk
Thu Jul 30 13:34:47 PDT 2009
On 30 Jul 2009, at 17:36, Sam Kuper wrote:
> Suppose you wanted to mash up the Darwin correspondence data with a
> SIMILE Timeline, it would help if the correspondence data was
> (more) machine-readable. Now suppose you also wanted to add some diary
> entries to the same timeline, so that you could instantly visualise
> when letters were written vs when diary entries were written. This
> would be much easier if both the two websites from which you were
> sourcing your data used a consistent, machine-readable date format.
I think Google News Timeline is worth mentioning here as an
application which already does this
It shows events going back to the late Middle Ages. I'm not sure how
they've harvested the dates from wikipedia. Perhaps by using
So, yes, I think there is a strong case for using the <time> element
to standardise publication of historical dates, not just dates in the
modern period. That would include dates where only the year, or year
and month, or a range between two years is present.
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