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Revert change to replace time with data

From: Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 16:25:00 -0500
Message-ID: <4EADC0AC.9070808@burningbird.net>
To: public-html-comments@w3.org
I concur with Steve Faulkner's request to revert the change to drop the 
time element and replace it with the data element

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2011Oct/0163.html

In addition to his reasons, I also want to link a writing by Bruce 
Lawson with commentary that also express why such a change does not 
reflect the interests of the web community at large

http://www.brucelawson.co.uk/2011/goodbye-html5-time-hello-data/

In addition, another concern I have is that this is a major change, with 
very little working group discussion or consensus, to a document that is 
supposed to be a relatively stable release. Considering that the time 
element has been implemented in one browser (Opera) and used in various 
tools and web sites, I definitely feel this change generates doubt and 
confusion about the stability of the HTML5 specification process.

This, in addition to the many very valid reasons given for maintaining 
the time element, and not introducing another vague, generic element 
such as div and span.

Thank you.

Shelley Powers
Received on Sunday, 30 October 2011 21:25:25 GMT

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