Re: Fwd: Date/time on the Internet

(kuhn@cs.purdue.edu)
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 12:12:14 -0500


Message-Id: <199706191712.MAA18720@ector.cs.purdue.edu>
To: Misha Wolf <misha.wolf@reuters.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Fwd: Date/time on the Internet 
In-reply-to: Your message of "Thu, 19 Jun 1997 15:54:38 GMT."
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Date: Thu, 19 Jun 1997 12:12:14 -0500
From: kuhn@cs.purdue.edu ("Markus G. Kuhn")

Thanks for forwarding me your note.  I recommend that you subscribe to the
tz mailing list, as this is to the best of my knowledge the best collection
of time experts on the Internet. The Newman draft had there been discussed
in detail before. See <http://www.ft.uni-erlangen.de/~mskuhn/iso-time.html#tz>
for subscription info.

I agree that the Newman draft is a good starting point and that any
standard should be a strict profile of ISO 8601 (although the matter of the
"ugly T" in ISO 8601 is something that can be debated). The dots in the
PICS draft should definitely be replaced by hyphens as required in
ISO 8601.

For those unfamiliar with ISO 8601, please read

  http://www.ft.uni-erlangen.de/~mskuhn/iso-time.html
  ftp://ftp.informatik.uni-erlangen.de/pub/doc/ISO/ISO8601.ps.Z

The Newman draft should in my opinion be rewritten to cover several
profiles, especially since the very complicated description of future
times is something the vast majority of applications will not have to
worry about.

Markus

-- 
Markus G. Kuhn, Computer Science grad student, Purdue
University, Indiana, USA -- email: kuhn@cs.purdue.edu