[OSM-dev] OSM Date Formats

Jon Burgess jburgess777 at googlemail.com
Sat Sep 29 12:27:17 BST 2007

On Sat, 2007-09-29 at 12:16 +0200, Martijn van Oosterhout wrote:
> On 9/29/07, Brett Henderson <brett at bretth.com> wrote:
> > I'd like to standardise on a common format.
> I'd like to standardise on just storing the number of seconds since
> epoch (i.e. standard unix time). Faster to print, faster to parse and
> well supported everywhere. Perhaps with a leading plus to make it
> distinguishable.
> But hey, who cares what I think :)
> Have a nice day,

It would make it trivial for lots of software to parse but practically
impossible for a human. I imagine this would upset people that
occasionally examine history result from the API or other generated
osm.xml files.


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