[whatwg] <time>

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Tue Mar 10 12:51:43 PDT 2009

In message <CC3986D1-6DDC-4007-8BBA-42A5D4E398CA at eatyourgreens.org.uk>, 
Jim O'Donnell <jim at eatyourgreens.org.uk> writes

>This is already a solved problem in the Text Encoding Intiative  (TEI). 
>The value of a date/time is encoded in the Gregorian calendar,  using 
>ISO8601. The calendar attribute is used to indicate the  calendar of 
>the original, written date enclosed in the tags.
>eg. from the TEI docs for dates and times
><date calendar="Julian" value="1732-02-22">Feb. 11, 1731.</date>
>I suggested that the calendar attribute be adopted in HTML5, as it 
>would be useful to those of us who mark up historical texts in HTML.

That's one possible solution - better than none - but I do wonder why 
we'd force authors to manually convert dates, when we all have machines 
which can do that.

>We can't change the author's original written dates

That's certainly true.

Andy Mabbett

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