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Re: Global Dates and Times

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 00:04:56 +0000 (UTC)
To: Adam Hepton <adam@hepton.org>
Cc: public-html-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1003130001080.13402@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Wed, 2 Dec 2009, Adam Hepton wrote:
> >From 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.

Because it's not 13th December 37 AD, it's more like the 15th of December 
37, as far as I can tell. There's a note below the date explaining this. 
I've added some text to the bit you quoted above referring to the further 
explanation to try to reduce the confusion.

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