ISO 8601 and the horrible "T"
Walter Ian Kaye
walter at natural-innovations.com
Fri Jun 27 21:40:50 UTC 1997
At 6:36p +0000 06/27/97, Misha Wolf wrote:
> other, separated by our favourite character. If "*" represents our
> favourite character, we get:
> instead of:
> The problem with this solution is precisely that it is a trick. In
> reality, we are dealing with a single date-with-time and it confuses
> things to pretend that we're not. Also, there must be lots of software
> out there which is ISO 8601-conformant and would choke on our favourite
> I suggest we decide that this stuff isn't primarily for human
> consumption and make use of it, warts and all.
If it's not for human consumption, why even bother with the hyphens?
"19941105" contains all the essential data from "1994-11-05". It's
pretty clear that the hyphens are there only for humans, although in
either case there is the assumption of a Gregorian calendar (which
leads me to wonder why we don't have a code for calendar system...).
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