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Re: A structured format for dates?

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2022 16:04:52 +1000
Cc: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <B34DEE15-DE14-4DC2-B6D0-F0CD1823EC30@mnot.net>
To: Poul-Henning Kamp <phk@phk.freebsd.dk>
Personally, I tend to agree with PHK - I think that Integer (or Decimal) is adquate and appropriate.

However, some people seem to keep on pushing back on this - I think especially for application-focused headers it's more visible. If we're going to do something, retrofit is a good opportunity for it, since we're defining SF-Date and friends.


> On 16 Jun 2022, at 3:46 pm, Poul-Henning Kamp <phk@phk.freebsd.dk> wrote:
> --------
> Mark Nottingham writes:
>> I'd love to hear what people think about this issue:
>>  https://github.com/httpwg/http-extensions/issues/2162
> I've added this comment:
> 	I see no mention of fractional seconds ?
> 	I think we need to ponder that, if the goal is (eventual) convergence for all timestamps in HTTP ?
> 	Considering how much effort we spend on speeding up HTTP, I find the "human readable" argument utterly bogus.
> 	Only a very tiny fraction of these timestamps are ever read by humans, and most are in a context where software trivially can render the number in 8601 format if so desired.
> 	In terms of efficiency, I will concede that, in a HTTP context, it is almost always possible to perform the necessary calculations and comparisons on raw ISO-8601 timestamps, without resorting to the full calendrical conversions, but once all the necessary paranoia is included, I doubt it is an optimization.
> 	My preference is sf-decimal seconds since epoch, (and this is largely why sf-decimal has three decimals in the first place), because it gives us fast processing, good compression and millisecond resolution.
> 	PS: A Twitter poll with only 40 respondents, carried out on the first monday after new-years ? Really ?!
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