From: Discussion of the Developing Date/Time Standards [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Simon Grant
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Subject: Re: [DATETIME] Extended Date/Time Format DRAFT specification for review through December 6
"2. the interval signs, "/" and "//"
Perhaps others would join with me in regretting that ISO ever chose "/" for interval, as it conflicts with common usage as in today 6/11/10 or 11/6/10 depending on which side of the Atlantic you are. Apologies if this has been discussed to death already, but using a number of dots is common usage for a range. One possible convention that I can imagine is to have any sequence of more than one (say two) "." indicating an interval, and if an interval between intervals is needed, as with "//", one could have say 4 dots for the major break. But maybe others have better ideas about how many dots to use."
Well I join youÂ in regretting that ISO chose "/".Â Â However, If we were to adopt a sequence of dots, or for that matter any convention other than "/", it would mean abandoning the premise of this work, that any feature prescribed, if it is a feature supported by ISO 8601, Â will be prescribed in a manner compatible with ISO 8601.Â Â My position on that is that there would need to be overwhelming sentiment to do that.Â
In any case, this is open to discussion.