[tei-council] Dates and calendars
mholmes at uvic.ca
Fri Aug 10 17:07:09 EDT 2012
I've just been working on date/calendar issues, and I've come up against
what looks like rather an anomaly. Our default values for @when etc. are
So I went to the W3C site to find out about calendar issues, and I
"The ·primitive· datatypes duration, dateTime, time, date, gYearMonth,
gMonthDay, gDay, gMonth and gYear use lexical formats inspired by [ISO
8601]... [ISO 8601] "specifies the representation of dates in the
proleptic Gregorian calendar and times and representations of periods of
time". The proleptic Gregorian calendar includes dates prior to 1582
(the year it came into use as an ecclesiastical calendar).
"gYearMonth represents a specific gregorian month in a specific
"gYear represents a gregorian calendar year."
So what on earth are we doing when we encode something like this?
<date when="1424-02" calendar="#julian"/>
The XSD specification for @when insists that it's Gregorian, yet our
@calendar says something different.
This is problematic, surely?
University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Centre
(mholmes at uvic.ca)
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