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On 22 November 2010 18:30, Jakob Voss <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi,
>
>
> In the current draft "The character 'u', used to mean "unknown",
> replaces a single character and signifies that the value of that
> character is unknown." Is this based on an ad-hoc decision or on
> practical use cases? I have never seen anyone using the character 'u' to
> mark unknown parts of a date. But I regularly see the use of character
> 'x' or 'X' for this purpose. So hereby I propose to change the character
> 'u' to 'x'. In doubt, take a random set of people from the street and
> ask them which variant looks more familiar to denote a date that is not
> exactely known:
>
>
> 199u
> 1999-uu
> 199901uu
> 156u-12-25
>
>
> or
>
>
> 199x
> 1999-xx
> 199901xx
> 156x-12-25
>
>
> Wikipedia already uses this notation, which should be argument enough,
> for instance:
>
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=19xx&redirect=no
>
>
> Another argument is the cultural depence of 'u' for 'unknown', which is
> bound to English language. In contrast 'x' for 'crossed out' is also
> known by many non-English speakers.
>
>
> The change does not influence other parts of the specification, so it
> should be no big issue.
>
>
> Cheers,
> Jakob
>
>
>
>
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