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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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