Serialising Extended Data About Times and Events (sedate) Proposed WG

WG Name Serialising Extended Data About Times and Events
Acronym sedate
Area Applications and Real-Time Area (art)
State Proposed
Charter charter-ietf-sedate-00-00 Start Chartering/Rechartering (Internal Steering Group/IAB Review)
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Personnel Area Director Francesca Palombini 
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Charter for proposed Working Group

RFC3339 defines a format that can reliably express an instant in time, either in UTC or in a local time along with the offset against UTC, however datetime data often has additional context, such as the timezone or calendar system that was in use when that instant was recorded. Particularly when using times for interval, recurrence, or offset calculations, it's necessary to know the context in which the timepoint exists.

It is valuable to have a serialisation format which retains this context and can reliably round-trip the additional context to systems which understand it, via intermediate systems which only need to know about the instant in time.

The TC39 working group at ECMA have developed a format which is a good basis for this work.

It is anticipated that this document would be a companion to RFC3339 rather than a replacement, embedding an un-altered RFC3339 instant along with the contextual data.

It is also within scope for this group to consider a minor update to RFC3339 to allow larger than 4 digit signed years, to enable representing times further into the past and future.

Once this work is done it is anticipated that this working group will be short-lived, and once the one or two documents are published the working group will close down.