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1 g2boojum 1.1 GLEP: 45
2     Title: GLEP date format
3     Version: $Revision: $
4     Author: Henrik Brix Andersen <brix@gentoo.org>
5     Last-Modified: $Date: $
6     Status: Draft
7     Type: Standards Track
8     Content-Type: text/x-rst
9     Created: 13-Dec-2005
10     Post-History: 13-Dec-2005
11    
12     Abstract
13     ========
14    
15     This GLEP proposes using an ISO-8601 compliant date format in GLEPs.
16    
17     Motivation
18     ==========
19    
20     The current date format used in GLEPs is ``dd-mmm-yyyy``
21     (e.g. 14-Aug-2001). This format is not internationalized and not
22     easily machine parseable.
23    
24     This GLEP proposes switching to using an ISO-8601 compliant date
25     format ``yyyy-mm-dd`` (e.g. 2001-08-14). This format is international
26     and easily machine parseable.
27    
28     Specification
29     =============
30    
31     An overview of the ISO-8601 specification is available online
32     [#iso-8601]_. Note that only the ``yyyy-mm-dd`` subset of the ISO-8601
33     specification should be used in GLEPs.
34    
35     The date(1) utility supports ISO-8601, making it easy for GLEP authors
36     to get the format right.
37    
38     Backwards Compatibility
39     =======================
40    
41     GLEP 1 should be updated to reflect this new date format, and all
42     dates in existing GLEPs should be changed to be ISO-8601 compliant.
43    
44     References
45     ==========
46    
47     .. [#iso-8601] Numeric representation of Dates and Time,
48     http://www.iso.org/iso/en/prods-services/popstds/datesandtime.html
49    
50     Copyright
51     =========
52    
53     This document has been placed in the public domain.

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