Tim Finney skrev:
> For any TEIers who might want a mathematical diversion...
> I would like to record the dates of a collection of manuscripts, some of
> which are BC and others of which are AD. Is there any good way to
> express BC and AD dates that lends itself to computer processing? ISO
> 8601 is great for AD dates. Unfortunately, problems occur if I want to
> use the same scheme with BC dates. Prefixing a negation sign doesn't work.
> The only thing I can think of is to choose some large negative date
> (4004 BC?), and count everything from there.
I am tempted to suggest an even larger negative date - a Humanities
based date might be the start of a great cycle -1000 great cycles or
-10,000 relative to the current and using the Maya long count. (The
current ends BTW in 2012). XSLT could then be used to produce a