My comments on draft-newman-datetime-00.txt

Chris Newman Chris.Newman at
Thu Jan 16 01:48:12 UTC 1997

On Sat, 28 Dec 1996, Markus G. Kuhn wrote:
> 8) You could make the minute part of the time zone optional and require
> that time zones with an integral number of hours offset to UTC (which
> are almost all!) should only be represented by a 2-digit offset. That is
> what GNU RCS does already and I think having only a single colon
> increases human readability.

I've got a better argument for why this is a bad idea.  Many people
implement by example and only look at the standard when things break.  If
we make the minutes optional for the offset, these people will probably
never see minutes and their implementations will break in those countries
which use minute offsets.  So in the interest of interoperability, we
shouldn't make the minute part of the offset optional.

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