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Re: Tag Proposal: DATE

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 07:16:12 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200301300716.h0U7GCR01311@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> (Please excuse me if I missed a similar thread in the archives or this
> is not the appropriate forum.)

This was previously proposed as a number element (note you are proposing
an element, not a tag).

> Ideally the tag would be an aggregate of subelements that specify the

I feel that that violates the simplicity principle.  HTML is a simple
markup language.  Use Docbook or more targetted languages for 
more sophisticated markup.

> date in XML-friendly format, however to encourage adoption I'd suggest

Nothing will encourage adoptions by the mass of authors, although
the proportion of XHTML2 authors adopting might be high in relative terms,
if low in absolute ones.

> either that the title attribute be used, much like with ABBR, to provide
> the date in ISO-standard format

In my view, to be consistent with the semantic markup principle, the
only sensible approach is to make the main content of the element be
an ISO date and extend style sheet languages to allow creation of the
localised date.  That's also consistent with XML schemas.

Overall, I think that support in browsers will be a very low priority
because the adoption rate will be negligible.
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