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Subject:

Re: 1/27 conference call notes

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"Edward C. Zimmermann" <[log in to unmask]>

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Discussion of the Developing Date/Time Standards <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:34:15 +0100

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On Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:29:12 +0100, [UTF-8?]SaaÅ¡ha Metsärantala wrote

> > I have another suggestion: the posfix "s". [...] When I speak of the 
1990s, for example, I mean what you now call 199.. Why not call it that! 
[...] One could extend it too to other units such as century etc.. It is 
kind of like a reversed decimal point.. 0s means decade... Can dicuss all 
the other combinations..
> That seems good, too! But, I still wonder what the first decade of the 
1900s would be denoted.
> 
> Regards!
> 
> [UTF-8?]Saašha,


Another take...
Let me see if I can define a more consistent approach:

1980s := the decade of the 1980s 
1900s := the decade of the 1900s, e.g. 1900-1910 
100s  := the decade of the 100s, e.g. 100-110 


0s := decade starting at 0.
The s meaning "decade" and the 0 meaning starting at 0.

So 1980s is the 198th decade

Then we can get semantics for things like 1985s. to be something like
a year measured 1985 with a precision of 10 years. Really a decade shifted 
5 years.

If we define
sNN where NN is years precision.

s  := s10. The default is 10 years precision

This gives us something like

1980s10 would be the same as 1980s
1985s2  as a date around 1985 with a precision of 2 years 
1985s1 is the same as 1985



--

Edward C. Zimmermann, NONMONOTONIC LAB

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