Many people who design reformed calendars, which they would like to see adopted worldwide soon, are lead by a primary motive: usually either improved astronomic correspondence or improved regularity. I will ignore reform proposals which are even less likely because they only make sense within a larger framework of cultural reforms.
What many wannabe reformers do not take into account enough is the humane factor. A new calendar needs to offer clear benefits and, in comparison, negligible drawbacks to make the painful transition worthwhile. The problem with the civil (Gregorian) calendar, like with so many other cultural conventions, is that it is good enough for most people and purposes despite all of its shortcomings. There is hardly any incentiv…Read more >
Over the years, I have collected several possible additions or enhancements to the ISO 8601 standard when I encountered them. Some of them I just created myself. Recently, I have begun to harmonize them and publish the result at International Calendar. The page has an Agenda of items I will try to incorporate in the near future.
It is hard – for me at least – to search for suggestions for other improvements on the net, because most keywords are also used in general discussion on either the superiority of ISO 8601 over other date-time formats or the software implementation of the standard itself. I would appreciate pointers to or replies describing other enhancements or clarifications. You may, of course, also edit the page directly.
I know t…Read more >