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Because it would allow the date to be stored in two (o four or whatever)
bytes, the same way they are stored in databases. Same is true with
integers, floats, etc. This is very tempting when designing a binary XML
Sounds like Fast Infoset does this right.
Alessandro Triglia wrote:
> I don’t understand this particular point of the discussion. Why should a
> Chinese or Hebrew date be converted to its Gregorian "equivalent" date when
> using a binary format?
> Note that Fast Infoset (ISO/IEC 24824-1, now past FCD) doesn't blindly
> "convert" dates in this stupid way. It doesn’t blindly convert floats,
> integers, etc., in this way either.