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The type xsd:dateTime represents a specific date and time in the format CCYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss.sss, which is a concatenation of the date and time forms, separated by a literal letter "T". All of the same rules that apply to the date and time types are applicable to xsd:dateTime as well.

An optional time zone expression may be added at the end of the value. The letter Z is used to indicate Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). All other time zones are represented by their difference from Coordinated Universal Time in the format +hh:mm, or -hh:mm. These values may range from -14:00 to 14:00. For example, US Eastern Standard Time, which is five hours behind UTC, is represented as -05:00. If no time zone value is present, it is considered unknown; it is not assumed to be UTC.

Simple Type Information


Schema Document: datatypes.xsd



Valid valuesComment
2004-04-12T13:20:001:20 pm on April 12, 2004
2004-04-12T13:20:15.51:20 pm and 15.5 seconds on April 12, 2004
2004-04-12T13:20:00-05:001:20 pm on April 12, 2004, US Eastern Standard Time
2004-04-12T13:20:00Z1:20 pm on April 12, 2004, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Invalid valuesComment
2004-04-12T13:00seconds must be specified
2004-04-1213:20:00the letter T is required
99-04-12T13:00the century must not be left truncated
2004-04-12the time is required
an empty value is not valid, unless xsi:nil is used

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