[whatwg] Historic dates in HTML5
brucel at opera.com
Thu Mar 5 03:50:41 PST 2009
Henri Sivonen said
"The <time> element is meant as a replacement for the microformat
<abbr> design pattern in hCalendar (if the microformat community
embraces <time>; if not, <time> in pretty much pointless in HTML5).
The expected use cases of hCalendar are mainly transferring *future*
event entries from a Web page into an application like iCal."
If there's one thing that getting involved in specs of markup languages
has taught me, it's that "expected use cases" don't matter. People always
do other things.
And if there is a limit on a use case, it should be in the spec. There is
nothing I can see in the editors draft that limits the use of <time>. (I
use it on my website to markup publication dates of blog entries and
comments; why on earth wouldn't I?)
What it does limit is the format: no "fuzzy dates" like "July 1897" for my
great grandmother's birthday (no-one remembers the exact day) or the
precise date of Charlemagne death "28 January 814"
Henri is right: <code>time</code> is pretty much pointless in HTML5 if
it's not embraced by the microformats community, but why would they
embrace it? It prevents them doing a lot of what they do - like fuzzy or
ancient dates - so what do they gain by adopting it?
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