Draft for review: ISO 8601 date work on IS 29500

Jesper Lund Stocholm jesper.stocholm at ciber.dk
Fri Jul 23 11:49:59 CEST 2010

Hi Rick

> -----Original Message-----
> From: rjelliffe at allette.com.au [mailto:rjelliffe at allette.com.au]
> Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 9:56 AM
> To: e-sc34-wg4 at ecma-international.org
> Subject: RE: Draft for review: ISO 8601 date work on IS 29500
> > My reason for using "functions" is that we (CIBER) is in the "doc
> > generation business" and not in the "doc consumption business" as
> > Microsoft and others are. So we will likely be doing much more
> > generation stuff than consumption stuff.
> If the  sentence has to do with how programmers use dates in their own
> consumer applications, it probably does not belong in a spec for

Well, I was trying to explain why I thought the original prose could be
confusing for developers implementing OOXML. It could be read as a
normative requirement, but in quite a few use cases conversion of dates
to serial values will never take place.

> I thought it related to how dates were treated by the calculations in
> the OOXML spreadsheet functions. 

Yes - that was my intent when using the word "functions".

> That would be relevant and useful information.


Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Jesper Lund Stocholm

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