[wp-hackers] Feed date format and locale not using blog settings. Bug or feature?

Bjorn Wijers burobjorn at gmail.com
Wed Feb 11 14:07:44 GMT 2009

Ok, before I add it to the Codex:

The time/date format of feed should NOT be localized since the the current RSS
specifications are referring to RFC822 which specifies English as a default.
This implies that every RSS consumer should take care of translating time/date
according to its locale.

Any remarks hints or tips before I add it to the codex?

Thanks for the feedback so far!

All the best,


> On 11 Feb 2009, at 11:39, DD32 wrote:
>> Once again, No.
>> Simply for the fact, That Feed readers do not understand different
>> languages, The RSS spec (along with most other spec's and software) is
>> written with English as the common format..
>> If the spec makes no mention of it, Its not going to be supported by
>> implementations of it, I do see that people would want it shown in
>> their native tongue, IMO, Feed readers should be able to translate the
>> time from a english-centric date/time into the users custom format (or
>> language format).
>> I somewhat think Internationalisation might be something that would be
>> included in future spec's though.
>> 2009/2/11 Bjorn Wijers <burobjorn at gmail.com>:
>>> Good point.
>>> I looked at the RSS spec[1] and it refers to RFC822[2] which states
>>> (I glanced
>>> over it) that the current time/date format as used by Wordpress is
>>> the correct
>>> one. I've added this to the Codex[3]. However as far as I know it
>>> doesn't
>>> mention anything on the localization of this? So my question on if this
>>> could/should be localized remains.
>>> [1] http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/rss/rss.html
>>> [2] http://asg.web.cmu.edu/rfc/rfc822.html
>>> [3]
>>> http://codex.wordpress.org/index.php?title=WordPress_Feeds&action=edit&section=7
>>> All the best,
> It must not be localised.
> It must conform to the RFC which is specific about the format of the
> date/time string.
> The only change that RSS makes is it relaxed the rules on year to accept
> 2 digit years (But they should be avoided anyway as they are ambigious)
> westi

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