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Global Dates and Times

From: Adam Hepton <adam@hepton.org>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 16:42:11 +0000
Message-ID: <ebda08b40912020842yba92a78i56d96ff2efed39c3@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html-comments@w3.org
>From 2.4.5.5 Global dates and times
(http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#global-dates-and-times:):

The following are some examples of dates written as valid global date
and time strings.

"0037-12-13T00:00Z"
    Midnight UTC on the birthday of Nero (the Roman Emperor).
"1979-10-14T12:00:00.001-04:00"
    One millisecond after noon on October 14th 1979, in the time zone
in use on the east coast of the USA during daylight saving time.
"8592-01-01T02:09+02:09"
    Midnight UTC on the 1st of January, 8592. The time zone associated
with that time is two hours and nine minutes ahead of UTC, which is
not currently a real time zone, but is nonetheless allowed.

Why is Nero's birthday given such importance, as though it is a date
that should be inscribed into everyone's mind who might read the HTML
5 spec?  It is frivilous, and unwelcome.  The description should read:

Midnight UTC on 13th December 37 AD.

Adam Hepton
Received on Saturday, 5 December 2009 14:30:23 GMT

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