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

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Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2011 08:33:07 +0000
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--- Comment #69 from Ben Buchanan <7xnm24bdza@snkmail.com> 2011-11-03 08:33:06 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #67)
> It looks like for giving plugins (scripts) access to the timestamps, <data
> class=date value="..."> would do the exact same thing, but if <time> exists
> then it is of course the better match.

You could also achieve the result with data- attributes, but both options rely
on page-level convention instead of setting a standard. I think relying on a
custom class or attribute is a retrograde step from having an element with
universally defined semantics/purpose.

I can see the value of adding the data element as a workhorse for microformats;
I just think <time> is a common enough use case that a single, dedicated
element is the way to go. Much as I like microformats, I don't think we should
need one just to mark up a timestamp :)

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