[LEAPSECS] ISO 8601 Z designator improper before 1972?

Gerard Ashton ashtongj at comcast.net
Mon Feb 9 14:55:06 EST 2009

Rob Seaman wrote:

>Gerard Ashton wrote:


>> Similarly, within ISO 8601, "Z" designates "UTC" and any meaning it

>> may have had for most of the 20th century outside that standard is

>> irrelevant.

>I don't know if I agree with the latter part of the sentence since Z

>retains usage outside of ISO 8601, but in cases where some system

>architect has decried that some data structure adheres to ISO 8601,

>then that data structure should indeed be interpreted very

>pedantically with reference to the standard.

I agree with Rob. I meant that any meaning "Z" had throughout
most of the 20th century, and continues to have in environments
where adherence to ISO 8601 is not claimed, is irrelevant.

Gerry Ashton

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