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From: Andy Mabbett <andy@pigsonthewing.org.uk>
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 19:51:43 +0000
Message-ID: <Gkv0k5mPTstJFwVg@pigsonthewing.org.uk>
In message <CC3986D1-6DDC-4007-8BBA-42A5D4E398CA at eatyourgreens.org.uk>, 
Jim O'Donnell <jim at eatyourgreens.org.uk> writes

>This is already a solved problem in the Text Encoding Intiative  (TEI). 
>The value of a date/time is encoded in the Gregorian calendar,  using 
>ISO8601. The calendar attribute is used to indicate the  calendar of 
>the original, written date enclosed in the tags.
>eg. from the TEI docs for dates and times
><date calendar="Julian" value="1732-02-22">Feb. 11, 1731.</date>
>I suggested that the calendar attribute be adopted in HTML5, as it 
>would be useful to those of us who mark up historical texts in HTML.

That's one possible solution - better than none - but I do wonder why 
we'd force authors to manually convert dates, when we all have machines 
which can do that.

>We can't change the author's original written dates

That's certainly true.

Andy Mabbett
Received on Tuesday, 10 March 2009 12:51:43 UTC

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