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[Bug 13240] New: Consider replacing <time> with <data>

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Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2011 05:48:51 +0000
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           Summary: Consider replacing <time> with <data>
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: critical
          Priority: P2
         Component: other Hixie drafts (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: ian@hixie.ch
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org

There are several use cases for <time>:
A. Easier styling of dates and times from CSS.
B. A way to mark up the publication date/time for an article (e.g. for
conversion to Atom).
C. A way to mark up machine-readable times and dates for use in Microformats or

Use cases A and B do not seem to have much traction.
Use case C applies to more than just dates, and the lack of solution for stuff
outside dates and times is being problematic to many communities.

Proposal: we dump use cases A and B, and pivot <time> on use case C, changing
it to <data> and making it like the <abbr> for machine-readable data, primarily
for use by Microformats and HTML's microdata feature.

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