On Fri, 25 Feb 2005, Skip Tavakkolian wrote:

> I'm not sure how the date data type can be representation agnostic.
> What ever the OS provides (via a system call) is in reference to a
> starting point in some calendar.  On UNIX systems, this is
> traditionally the number of seconds since January 1, 1970, i.e.
> Gregorian.  GetSystemTime on Win32 returns a structure, which
> represents the Gregorian date.

The UNIX epoch can easily defined as the number of seconds since
11 Dey 1348.  The important data is a date in the sense of a
point in the axis of time.  How you write it out, depends on one
speific representation though.

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