Tuesday, 29 April 2003
RSS Schema and dates
The question I have is of precedence; aggregators that support both will need to defer to one or the other. I’d think that the W3C-formatted form would be preferable, because it’s easier to parse (so simple, I’ve written one), and less likely to be misunderstood (e.g., “Thursday” instead of “Thu”, variable length fields, etc.).
One way to go about it in the schema would be to say that if pubDate is present, dcterms:issued must be present; that way, it’s backwards-compatible with things expecting pubDate.
What do people think? Is date parsing enough of a problem (both from a getting-it-right standpoint and a oh-what-a-pain-to-implement standpoint) to encourage a shift towards the W3C datetime format?