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Re: [PATCH] Unify human represented timestamp formats.

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2002-06-22 21:37:44 CEST

"Mark D. Baushke" <mdb@juniper.net> writes:
> They point to the paper http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-time.html
> by Markus Kuhn which is really a good summary.
> It is good to note that the 'T' is recommended when you need to store
> a time and is not required when you are just displaying a time.

This paper repeats the assertion that the 'T' is a good idea, but
doesn't give any reasons *why* this might be so :-).

> The W3 Consortium also talked about ISO-8601 timeszones
> (see URL<http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-datetime>).

This paper also tells the reader to "note the T", but also doesn't
explain why T is preferable to a space.

I wish I understood the motivation for the T better. It doesn't make
the date string any more automatically parseable than a space would,
but does make it less readable to the eye. What's the use?

Something of a bikeshed <shrug>. But if we can just use one stringy
time format, for both storage and human presentation, that's a win.

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