Ian Hickson decided it’d be a good idea to do away with the HTML5 time element and replace it with the more generic data element. Bad idea in my opinion, but OK.
A couple days after that decision was made, the W3C added the time element back to HTML5.
Webmonkey explains some issues with how the time element is currently outlined:
While Hickson’s move to toss time out was probably premature, there are nevertheless some problems with
I’m just glad to have the time element back. HTML5Press uses the time element in a number of places, pretty much every place a time or date is shown. I was not looking forward to going through and replacing time with data. Looks like I won’t have to now!