The date/time type inputs are all decoded using the following procedure.
Break the input string into tokens and categorize each token as a string, time, time zone, or number.
If the numeric token contains a colon (
:), this is a time string. Include all
subsequent digits and colons.
If the numeric token contains a dash (
-), slash (
/), or two or more dots (
.), this is a date string which might
have a text month. If a date token has already been
seen, it is instead interpreted as a time zone name
If the token is numeric only, then it is either a
single field or an ISO 8601 concatenated date (e.g.,
19990113 for January 13,
1999) or time (e.g.,
141516 for 14:15:16).
If the token starts with a plus (
+) or minus (
-), then it is either a numeric time
zone or a special field.
If the token is a text string, match up with possible strings:
Do a binary-search table lookup for the token as a time zone abbreviation.
If not found, do a similar binary-search table
lookup to match the token as either a special string
today), day (e.g.,
Thursday), month (e.g.,
January), or noise word
If still not found, throw an error.
When the token is a number or number field:
If there are eight or six digits, and if no other
date fields have been previously read, then interpret
as a “concatenated date” (e.g.,
990118). The interpretation is
If the token is three digits and a year has already been read, then interpret as day of year.
If four or six digits and a year has already been
read, then interpret as a time (
If three or more digits and no date fields have yet been found, interpret as a year (this forces yy-mm-dd ordering of the remaining date fields).
Otherwise the date field ordering is assumed to
setting: mm-dd-yy, dd-mm-yy, or yy-mm-dd. Throw an
error if a month or day field is found to be out of
If BC has been specified, negate the year and add one for internal storage. (There is no year zero in the Gregorian calendar, so numerically 1 BC becomes year zero.)
If BC was not specified, and if the year field was two digits in length, then adjust the year to four digits. If the field is less than 70, then add 2000, otherwise add 1900.
Gregorian years AD 1-99 can be entered by using 4
digits with leading zeros (e.g.,
0099 is AD 99).
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