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   DAFIF and date formats

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Michael Kay wrote:

> Their site appears to have a security certificate that expired on 5th
> February, or possibly 2nd May.

If only a standards body could come up with a date format that people from 
all countries could understand ...

Seriously, the DAFIF is a wonderful example of free information online, even 
if the Web people forget to renew their certificate, or even to come up with 
a domain name to associate with the IP address.  If anyone is interested in 
a medium-size, free (as-in-beer and as-in-speech) dataset to convert to XML 
and test with tools, I highly recommend the DAFIFT (the tab-delimited 
version), which includes worldwide information on thousands of airports, 
runways, air traffic service frequencies, air routes, etc. etc.

The U.S. government leads the world in making this kind of data freely 
available, however much it sticks in my Canadian throat to say so. 
Converting the tab-delimited tables to XML is fairly trivial, as long as you 
read the data dictionaries first.

All the best,



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