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   Re: [xml-dev] Is Anyone Interested In XPath 2.0 Use Cases or Requiremen

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Dare Obasanjo wrote:
> Dates are probably the only types requested with any sort of
> frequency to establish a trend. Funny enough, adding XSD dates may
> not satisfy some of our end users who expect to be able to use dates
> in the format from regular usage (e.g. MM-DD-YYYY or DD/MM/YYYY) and
> may balk at the ISO 8601 format used by XSD (YYYY-MM-DD)

There's the same problem with numbers, of course, or any data type
that has multiple possible (localised) lexical representations. In
EXSLT, we have date:parse-date() and date:format-date() to move from a
localised version to the ISO format (actually XML Schema format;
they're slightly different) and back again. I think that's a better
way to handle the problem than either forcing people to use a
particular representation in their data or accepting every possible
format they might use.



Jeni Tennison


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