This DataType defines a value which is a day in the Gregorian calendar in string. Lexical representation of the string conforms to ISO 8601-2000.
Table 13 - DateString Definition
Subtype of the String defined in OPC 10000-3
According to ISO 8601—2000, ‘calendar date representations are in the form [YYYY-MM-DD]. [YYYY] indicates a four-digit year, 0000 through 9999. [MM] indicates a two-digit month of the year, 01 through 12. [DD] indicates a two-digit day of that month, 01 through 31. For example, “the 5th of April 1981” may be represented as either “1981-04-05” in the extended format or “19810405” in the basic format.’
The standard also allows for calendar dates to be written with reduced precision. For example, one may write “1981-04” to mean “1981 April”, and one may simply write “1981” to refer to that year or “19” to refer to the century from 1900 to 1999 inclusive.
Although the standard allows both the YYYY-MM-DD and YYYYMMDD formats for complete calendar date representations, if the day [DD] is omitted then only the YYYY-MM format is allowed. By disallowing dates of the form YYYYMM, the standard avoids confusion with the truncated representation YYMMDD (still often used).