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Re: RFC: date parser strawman

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2004-01-01 18:40:08 CET

On Thu, 2004-01-01 at 12:20, Max Bowsher wrote:
> Well, it is the format used by cvs in "cvs log" output. So cvs users are
> more likely to be familiar with this farmat than any of the myriad other
> formats cvs allows.

Ah, right. Interesting factual tidbit: CVS didn't used to accept this
date format, even though "cvs log" used it. (I remember sending a bug
report about that.) getdate.y as included in gnats added support for it
with the comment:

        /* Interpret as YYYY/MM/DD if the first value has 4 or more digits,
           otherwise as MM/DD/YY.
           The goal in recognizing YYYY/MM/DD is solely to support legacy
           machine-generated dates like those in an RCS log listing. If
           you want portability, use the ISO 8601 format. */

In my mind, that comment contributes evidence that YYYY/MM/DD is a
marginalized date format from a human point of view, but you're right
that the specific class of CVS and RCS users is more likely to be used
to it.

I think I still lean towards "punt it for now, and see if we notice
evidence that people mind." With global revision numbers, dated
revisions don't have as many applications as they do in CVS anyway.

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