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Re: XHTML <time> element proposal

From: Tantek Çelik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 01:00:31 -0800
To: Jens Meiert <jens.meiert@erde3.com>, <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <BBC6132C.2F4C1%tantek@cs.stanford.edu>

On 10/30/03 12:18 AM, "Jens Meiert" <jens.meiert@erde3.com> wrote:

> Only some thoughts: It seems to me that it's at first necessary to see why
> and where I need such a <datetime /> element (or anything similar), and I came
> to the conclusion that you don't inevitably need it for simple rendering
> purposes.

Simple rendering is an attribute not a purpose.

The purpose is simple semantics.

<time> is more semantic than <span class="time">

> Last but not least, I think there is already a sufficient and generic way to
> indicate date and time, see Dublin Core [1], although having the same
> characteristics as mentioned above (defining normally only one specific format
> for
> an release/update date or period). An user agent might parse this in a user
> demanded way, too, like expected from the (preferred?) 'attribute version'.

Dublin Core date and time simply also refers to ISO8601.  It does not define
any date time XML element(s).

> Better keep the markup simple.

Data comes before metadata.

Data markup is also simpler than metadata markup.

Yes.  It *is* better to keep the markup simple.

> Jens.
> [1] http://dublincore.org/documents/date-element/

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