About bugfix: For ISO 8601 syntax, Date.parse should accept " " in places where "T" is allowed

Sigbjorn Finne sigbjorn.finne at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 22:30:19 PDT 2012

On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 3:46 AM, Allen Wirfs-Brock <allen at wirfs-brock.com>wrote:

> This is the response I posted to the bugzilla issue:
> I would like to see a better motivation present for why this change is
> important.  In particular, it is a deviation from the ECMAScript standard.
>  While syntactic extensions to the Date.parse syntax is allowed by the
> specification.  It is not particularly a good idea.  In particular, every
> time a specific implementation adds such a non-standard extension, it
> creates a potential cross-browser interoperability hazard.
> Apparently these extensions are not motivated by a desire to improve
> interoperability as  reference [1] shows that none of Firefox, IE, and
> Safari currently provide these extensions. Chrome apparently does (and also
> Opera??).
That format has been recognized by Opera's Date parsers for at least 5-6
years. I don't think you'll find there being a reason for that other than a
parser that tries to be permissive about formats allowed, and lets that
through (which few others have.)

--sigbjorn / sof at opera.com
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