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RE: new 'duri'/'tdb' draft sent to internet-drafts editor

From: Williams, Stuart <skw@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2002 14:17:19 +0100
Message-ID: <5E13A1874524D411A876006008CD059F192A63@0-mail-1.hpl.hp.com>
To: "'Larry Masinter'" <masinter@adobe.com>
Cc: uri@w3.org
Hi Larry,

I'd noticed in an earlier draft that the date syntax assigned a fixed four
digits to the year field, so there's a bit of an issue year dates >9999.
Clearly this won't bother us for a while and some would likely regard it as
optimistic or even arrogant to expect this scheme to be in use some 8000
years from now. Anyway, all I was going to suggest was a separator between
the year and the rest of the date, so that just as a date/time can be
expressed to arbitrary precision the year may also grow arbitarily large eg:

  date = year ['-' month [ day [ hour [ minute [ second [ fraction ]]]]]]

   year     = *digit
   month    = 2digit
   day      = 2digit
   hour     = 2digit
   minute   = 2digit
   second   = 2digit
   fraction = *digit

I guess its a fix that those living around 9997 can worry about, and you
never know it may give rise to another short lived panic - folks will likely
have forgotten all the fun leading up to the year 2000 by then.

Best regards

Stuart

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Larry Masinter [mailto:masinter@adobe.com]
> Sent: 01 April 2002 23:56
> To: uri@w3.org
> Subject: new 'duri'/'tdb' draft sent to internet-drafts editor
> 
> 
> In response to some comments, I've updated the dated-uri
> specification, and, along the way, updated to the xml2rfc
> format.
> 
>   http://larry.masinter.net/duri.html
>   http://larry.masinter.net/duri.txt
> and
>   http://larry.masinter.net/duri.xml
> 
> 
> 
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