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Re: XHTML 2.0 <datetime> element proposal

From: <zsau@firespeaker.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 07:21:38 -0500 (EST)
To: Lachlan Hunt <lhunt07@postoffice.csu.edu.au>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.40.0310300716310.25164-100000@firespeaker.org>

On Thu, 30 Oct 2003, Lachlan Hunt wrote:

>   A datetime element would be useful because it would designate a piece
> of data as a date and/or time.  Without it, if you encounter a date on a
> webpage that contains a date like 02/04/03, what does that mean?  2
> April 2003? 4 February 2003? 03 April 2003?  It's impossible to tell,
> without looking at the origin of the web page and then figure out "how
> do they write dates in that country?". [1]

The kind of person who would write 02/04/03 isn't going to use a datetime
tag. They're writing 02/04/03 because it takes too long to write 2 April
2003. If they have _any_ concern for usability, they probably are writing
somewhere (e.g. a forum) that strips tags _anyway_, so they won't have the

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