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   Re: [xml-dev] W3C Schema: Resistance is Futile, says Don Box

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>> (For a delightfully complex case, ask any pre-20th century
>> historian about  Julian dates and computers and comparisons
>> between dates in different  countries and what that does to things like
>> representations  of original  documents.)

> Agreed. I was going to bring this up but saw you beat me to the punch.
> The problem with date formats is that  for normal every day usage there
> is simply no unified standard across the world. Considering that XML is
> supposed to be an international standard (Unicode and all) this is
> something worth noting instead of assuming everyone uses your date
> format of choice and it should be enforced on everyone else.

There were arguments against the date types before and after the rec was
released (myself included). At the time, I think the argument was that ISO
8601 was the only thing that claimed to be an international date standard
(though most people understand international in this case  = western). Is
there a better date format that is widely used that would have been better?
XML Schema could have created a whole new type-- but I think that would have
garnered even more resistance.


Jeff Rafter
Defined Systems
XML Development and Developer Web Hosting


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