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Re: Times, dates, and related topics

From: Jens Meiert <jens@meiert.com>
Date: Sat, 2 May 2009 19:21:07 +0200
Message-ID: <9fbcac550905021021g67e6aa22y672f5b372bcf2321@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html@w3.org
> Over the past month or so I have collected about 142 e-mails on the topic
> of the <time> element and other time-related subjects. This is an attempt
> to address that feedback.

Regarding the resulting “time” element section in the spec [1] I
cannot but express my concerns that in reality, authors won’t use the
element this way. Despite all understandable, valid reasoning behind
it, the “time” element currently doesn’t seem to match an author’s and
user’s model on how to mark up “time.”

Thus, I think we can expect authors to use “time” for stuff like
<time>500 BC</time>, <time>2 pm</time>, <time>2025</time>, and maybe
even <time>yesterday</time>.

Even though there aren’t any numbers backing this claim
up—understandably so—I wonder if we can make the spec a bit more

[1] http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#the-time-element

Jens Meiert
Received on Saturday, 2 May 2009 17:21:57 UTC

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