GLEP:45
Title:GLEP date format
Version:1.1
Author:Henrik Brix Andersen <brix at gentoo.org>
Last-Modified:2005/12/13 22:42:27
Status:Draft
Type:Standards Track
Content-Type:text/x-rst
Created:13-Dec-2005
Post-History:13-Dec-2005

Contents

Abstract

This GLEP proposes using an ISO-8601 compliant date format in GLEPs.

Motivation

The current date format used in GLEPs is dd-mmm-yyyy (e.g. 14-Aug-2001). This format is not internationalized and not easily machine parseable.

This GLEP proposes switching to using an ISO-8601 compliant date format yyyy-mm-dd (e.g. 2001-08-14). This format is international and easily machine parseable.

Specification

An overview of the ISO-8601 specification is available online [1]. Note that only the yyyy-mm-dd subset of the ISO-8601 specification should be used in GLEPs.

The date(1) utility supports ISO-8601, making it easy for GLEP authors to get the format right.

Backwards Compatibility

GLEP 1 should be updated to reflect this new date format, and all dates in existing GLEPs should be changed to be ISO-8601 compliant.

References

[1]Numeric representation of Dates and Time, http://www.iso.org/iso/en/prods-services/popstds/datesandtime.html