There needs to be support for java.time in java.text.MessageFormat

Xueming Shen xueming.shen at
Sun Dec 1 18:52:32 UTC 2013

On 12/1/13 10:29 AM, Nick Williams wrote:
> I filed these bugs back in June. I noticed today that they were migrated to the JIRA instance:
> I filed the bugs, though they say someone else did. It's frustrating that suddenly I can't even comment on bugs I created, but that's beside the point of this email...
> I'm dismayed to see that 8016743 has been scheduled for being fixed in JAVA 9! What the heck!? If I can't use the new Java 8 Date & Time types in Java's localization support, then what good are they!? I have to just stick with java.util.Date for yet another two years because I can't localize Java 8 Date & Time types in my i18n message formats. That's not the quality that I normally expect out of the Java team. >:-[

java.time has its own formatting/parsing mechanism/support via 
java.time.format package, in which
it does have l10n/i18n support for print/parsing the new java.time 
date/time types for various locales.
Any particular reason you must use j.text.MessageFormat to print/parse 
the java.time date/time types?


> 8016742 is a slightly different story. It's higher priority than 8016743, and although there is absolutely no update about it, it appears that MAYBE it's scheduled for being fixed in Java 8? I have no idea what "tbd_major" means. Note that a fix for 8016743 could potentially help fix 8016742.
> Is there anyone here that can shed some light on 8016742's status and why the heck 8016743 isn't getting fixed until Java 9?
> If not, can someone point me to a more appropriate list that I can escalate my frustrations on? These awesome new date & time types are useless if they aren't supported in Java's i18n/L10n and JAXB components.
> N
> On Jun 17, 2013, at 8:17 AM, Nick Williams wrote:
>> On Jun 17, 2013, at 6:53 AM, Stephen Colebourne wrote:
>>> On 17 June 2013 12:40, Alan Bateman <Alan.Bateman at> wrote:
>>>> On 17/06/2013 11:05, Nick Williams wrote:
>>>>> Thanks. I have filed two different bugs for these two different problems.
>>>> Here they are:
>>>> 8016743: java.text.MessageFormat does not support java.time.* types
>>>> 8016742: JAXB does not support java.time.* types
>>>> Note that JAXB is maintained in an upstream project (they periodically do
>>>> source drops into OpenJDK). I don't know if support for java.time requires
>>>> API changes or not but just to mention that JAXB is tied to a standalone JSR
>>>> and I think they the requirement to be able to drop-in into jdk7 builds.
>>> That could be a problem, but its really a process one. It shouldn't be
>>> users that suffer as a result of issues like that (but there isn't
>>> anything I can do about it other than wave my hands...)
>>> Stephen
>> ^^ What Stephen said. :-)

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