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.
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