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Re: date/time attributes
Howard Chu wrote:
GeneralizedTime can be pretty inconvenient when all you want to store is
a date (for a birthday, etc.) or only a time.
There doesn't appear to be any standardized syntax just for these
Let's refine this statement: There doesn't appear to be any standardized
*LDAP* syntax just for these purposes. There is ISO 8601 though.
E.g., if all you want is for your calendar to remind you of someone's
birthday, you just need it to tell you on that given day. Your calendar
program might put up an alert at 00:01 local time on that date. But
"00:01 local time" is a floating time, while GeneralizedTime requires a
specific time zone...
The problem for a birthday is that you don't know the time and the time
zone of the birth and you don't know the timezone in which to interpret
(match) the date of birth. So I'm just using the simple date form with
dashes of ISO 8601 (YYYY-MM-DD) which is a standardized syntax and
readable just as is.
There has been some opinions to use the date form without dashes to be
able to restrict the attribute values to numbers by using LDAP syntax
'Numeric String'. But IMHO that's less user-friendly/readable.