`time` element syntax

David Chambers david.chambers.05 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 05:08:26 EDT 2011

Hi folks,

I expect that the response to this post will be "we don't need such a
thing", but humour me for a moment by pretending that in fact we do.

HTML5 added a number of new tags to the mix, but arguably the most
significant is the `time` element. It associates a machine-readable
timestamp with a human-readable string (e.g. `<time
datetime="2011-05-30T15:00-07:00">30 May 2011</time>`).

I would love to be able to write something like `[30 May

could be used to ensure that only valid `datetime` attribute values are
matched. This would avoid false positives and would keep `[foo]{bar}`
available for other functions, potentially.

Are there any reasons not to use `[human]{computer}`? Can anyone suggest a
better syntax?

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