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Re: The Emacs Calculator and calendar

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: The Emacs Calculator and calendar
Date: Sun, 07 Oct 2012 16:08:32 +0200

> From: Juanma Barranquero <address@hidden>
> Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2012 15:01:09 +0200
> Cc: Paul Eggert <address@hidden>, address@hidden, address@hidden, 
>       address@hidden, address@hidden
> It makes a bit more sense to use Julian to refer to post-medieval
> dates, but even in this case, conversion is not automatic unless you
> specify the place. If you're reading a Russian book using the Julian
> calendar, it's simpler to know that there is a 13 days difference with
> the current reckoning that to use a program to convert dates back and
> forth, don't you think?

I have no opinion about what the different calendar applications
should do.  But this discussion went beyond that narrow issue.  And I
just wanted to point out that assertions like "Almost nobody who
writes about ancient history specifies dates in the calendars that
were used at the time" and "using the Julian calendar when talking
about events that occurred before 1752 ... is a special case that
doesn't generalize" don't seem to be supported by facts.

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