Re: Date/time tag??

Peter Svanberg (
Tue, 03 Aug 1993 00:33:28 +0200
> - Dates frequently represent bounded intervals rather than a single
> point in time. Should there be a way to represent "from 3:00 until
> 8:00 PDT on 30 Nov 95" in these?
> - Dates vary in terms of their quantity of significant "terms"; e.g.
> "November, 1993" should be representable and it's certainly not the
> same as "1 Nov 1993 00:00:00 GMT".
> (Erik Ostrom):
> So, suppose we allow for leaving out sections:
> <date at="1993">1993</date>
> <date at="Nov 1993">this month</date>
> <date at="1 Nov 1993">the first of November, 1993</date>
> <date at="1 Nov 1993 00:00:00">midnight</date>
> Length of field is enough to distinguish between these.

We _could_ avoid reinventing the wheel here: The ISO standard
ISO 8601:1991 "Data elements and interchange formats -
Information interchange - Representation of dates and times"
was designed to solve all the above (and other) problems.
Please take a look at it before you invent something else.

The full format for a time+date spec is aprox. as formely

1993-08-03T00:21:33+0200 (my time zone)
1993-08-02T22:21:33Z (UTC)
19930802T222133Z (UTC, shorter form)

I don't have the standard at hand now but can quote more from
it tomorrow if you are interested.

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