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Re: atoms, molecules

On Wed, 18 Apr 2001, Henry S. Thompson wrote:

> > Uh, okay, so why not require everyone to use markup like:
> > <date><year>1970</year><month>11</month><day>25</day></date>
> We should have, in my opinion.

Dates and times are very much compound types. I mean, look at them! :-)

That doesn't mean that standardising them is bad, but they should be
standardised as compound types - otherwise, it will encourage people to
make other things into "simple" types with their own special parsing rules
(For example, phone numbers, ZIP codes, UK Postcodes (N1A 2FF / W1 3LL /
LU1 3QA are the three main formats).

> ht


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