This profile defines a few date/time formats, likely to satisfy most requirements.
The International Standard for the representation of dates and times is ISO 8601.
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For example it defines Basic Format, without punctuation, and Extended Format, with punctuation, and it allows elements to be omitted.
This profile defines a restricted range of formats, all of which are valid ISO 8601 dates and times.
The aim is to simplify the use of ISO 8601 in World Wide Web-related standards, and to avoid the need for the developers and users of these standards to obtain copies of ISO 8601 itself.
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This document defines a profile of ISO 8601, the International Standard for the representation of dates and times.
ISO 8601 describes a large number of date/time formats.
To reduce the scope for error and the complexity of software, it is useful to restrict the supported formats to a small number.