[JDEV] Message timestamping - hybrid format

Steven Wagner steven at impulse.net
Sat Oct 9 17:21:00 CDT 1999

>From what day does it count up though?  And in order to be able to count up from
that date and calculate what day it now is...doesn't it have to then still know the
calendar?  The other way the application doesn't have to know the calendar because
it is specified already.

Zoom Juice wrote:

> --- Steven Wagner <steven at impulse.net> wrote:
> > Now that someone lays them outnext to eachother, I like the way the ISO looks
> > much much better.  Cleaner.
> >
> > > <transport id="jabber:pagertransport://pager.mot.com/"
> > >        recv="19991005T17:18:12"
> > >        sent="19991005T17:19:02">
> > >        Your Unique Caption Here
> > > <transport>
> Cleaner yet:
> <transport id="jabber:pagertransport://pager.mot.com/"
>        recv="179243:17:18:12"
>        sent="179243:17:19:02">
>        Your Unique Caption Here
> <transport>
> In the example above the day is represented by a decimal day number, counting
> from some arbitrary date and the time in hh:mm:ss.  The rationale is that date
> calculations are complex, and are usually done wrong (trust me).  Furthermore,
> the date doesn't change often... as far as eyeballing the message goes, you
> only have to remember one day number per day.  Arguably easier than remembering
> the day of the month, IMHO.  On the other hand, time calculations based on
> hh:mm:ss are straightforward and not so accident prone.  The hybrid format
> in the example above strikes a nice balance between machine-readable and
> human-readable, relatively compact, very simple to parse, and easy to do
> arithmetic on.  Note that by adding colons on the right, the precision can
> be increased at will.
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