Nathan Ashby-Kuhlman has posted some outstanding ideas on intelligent relative dates. Good stuff:
My take: How 'bout continuing to use relative dates ("today" or "tomorrow") in news stories but wrapping them in
<abbr> tags that have a title attribute which contains the full date? That way, some of the technical problems Nathan pointed out can be avoided. It'd look something like this:
<abbr title="December 20, 2002">today</abbr>
How it looks: today
This could be a more realistic short-term solution -- although I certainly believe manufacturers of content-management systems should incorporate the feature Nathan has proposed. (On the server side.)
(For more on abbreviations, see my recent entry on that topic. It was posted Tuesday.)
Posted by Simon Willison on December 20, 2002, at 1:58 p.m.:
Posted by Mark on December 20, 2002, at 9:11 p.m.:
For those who don't know (or are confused about why the above example doesn't work): abbr does nothing on IE/Win.
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