For the record I am quite happy with slash (/). It is what ISO 8601 agreed
upon and what I have implemented. I don't see the point of double
hyphen/dash (-) but could accept it (as some other features) against good
judgement. I also see no problems with braces, parenthesis, brackets etc. as
they too as easy enough and quick enought to parse and less prone notational
ambiguity (expressions meansing something other than what was intended). I
also see support of MARC dates as IMPORTANT. I see our aims are to develop a
superset of ISO 8601 rather than a new soup. People, of course, would be
free to profile their applications and projects to adhere to some style
On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 10:55:14 -0500, Ray Denenberg, Library of Congress wrote
> From: Syd Bauman
> > Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2011 4:15 PM
> > Subject: Re: [DATETIME] square bracket
> >  Like using "--" as an alternate interval separator, which on the
> > face of it seems just plain foolish.
> Earlier in the discussion (a few months ago) there was objection raised to,
> and apparent popular sentiment against, usage of the slash character for an
> interval. But it really isn't appropriate to profile out the slash in
> of another syntax because slash is what is used by ISO 8601. As a
> compromise, the alternative "--" is allowed as an alternative, so both
> may be used. Everyone seemed happy with this compromise at the time.
> I agree that this leaves the spec vulnerable to criticism but the strong
> sentiment against the slash seems to leave no alternative.
Edward C. Zimmermann, NONMONOTONIC LAB