REQ: ISO 8601 Comments

Chris Hubick maillist at
Wed Aug 12 20:50:04 BST 1998

On Wed, 12 Aug 1998, Don Park wrote:

> Those of us working on the XLF (Extensible Log Format) are faced with the
> issue of deciding on the timestamp format.  I thought it would be prudent to
> seek comments on the subject in general and specifically on use of the ISO
> 8601 standard from the XML-DEV members.

	Has anyone tackled the problem of general time representation in
XML yet?  I kind of wondered this before when I was whipping up a quick
XML application to create my timesheets for work.  I am not at all
familiar with the time standards out there, but it would be handy if
someone wrote a DTD for time info that we could all reuse.
	On the more general there a repository for general
domain nonspecific DTD's for stuff like times, dates, directory listings,
etc?  It would be nice if we could have one place for all this, and
software for parsing and representing information stored in these formats.
I mean, as soon as I find myself creating declarations for stuff like
datetime I know someone else must have done it already, and probably have
a Java class which can load itself using SAX events.  What are the large
companies such as Microsoft using for this in stuff like Office 2000?

Chris Hubick
mailto:chris at

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