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Old 03-25-2013, 10:14   #1
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Date format

I know it's unrealistic to expect Americans to adopt international units like meters or newtons, but can you guys at least write the date in a format that's not confusing and ambiguous?

What is "10/11/12"? Is it November 12th 2010, October 11th 2012, something else?

The standard for date format, ISO 2014 (currently ISO 8601) was adopted almost 40 years ago. Let's start using it!

For example, today's date is 2013-03-25.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:17   #2
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No.. today's date is 03/25/13

Month/Date/Year

What's so confusing about that?
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:48   #3
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I know it's unrealistic to expect Americans to adopt international units like meters or newtons, but can you guys at least write the date in a format that's not confusing and ambiguous?

What is "10/11/12"? Is it November 12th 2010, October 11th 2012, something else?

The standard for date format, ISO 2014 (currently ISO 8601) was adopted almost 40 years ago. Let's start using it!
This is what I use.
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For example, today's date is 2013-03-25.
As a programmer that uses a lot of date driven data, this is a format that sorts simply into date order.
I think eventually as the new generations coming up discover that fact that it will become the standard.
(I also tend to use metric as it is multiples of 10 and much easier to use. And physical properties can give pretty good measurements I.E. 1 liter of water is one kilogram)
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No.. today's date is 03/25/13

Month/Date/Year

What's so confusing about that?
Take a dozen dates from different years in that format, add important data to each date, and run it through a simple ASCII sort. It will mangle everything pretty good.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:56   #5
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Month/Date/Year

What's so confusing about that?
What's not confusing about putting the most significant number in the end and the least significant number in the middle? It's like writing a distance measurement as "5 feet, 3 inches and 2 miles".
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It's not confusing because it's written the same way it's said.

When someone asks what today is, you would say:

Today is March 23rd, 2013

It's written that same way, month/day/year
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:35   #7
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It's not confusing because it's written the same way it's said.

When someone asks what today is, you would say:

Today is March 23rd, 2013

It's written that same way, month/day/year
Unless, of course, one speaks all pompus-like like Pears Morgan: "today is the 25th day of March in the year 2013 and I'm a British ***."

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Unless, of course, one speaks all pompus-like like Pears Morgan: "today is the 25th day of March in the year 2013 and I'm a British ***."

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As a programmer for work we typically store dates as yyyymmdd. Makes date sorts and math easy.

Outside of programing its mm-dd-yyyy. That's how we say it, so that's how we write it.

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It's not confusing because it's written the same way it's said.
Except not everybody in the world says the date "month first". In fact, there are only two countries that do - United States and Belize.
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Except not everybody in the world says the date "month first". In fact, there are only two countries that do - United States and Belize.
Well, since we live in the US, that's what matters to people here isn't it. Everyone here, unless they are a foreigner, or just plain old pompous says it month first.
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Well, since we live in the US, that's what matters to people here isn't it.
Until you start communicating with other people. Then you need a common set of technical standards to avoid confusion.

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Everyone here, unless they are a foreigner, or just plain old pompous says it month first.
You don't always write things down the same way they are spoken. For instance, your name is John Smith, but your official documents may say "Smith, John".
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Old 03-25-2013, 15:42   #13
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I worked with Brits for a while, and quickly learned to abbreviate or spell out the month, as in 12 Oct 2013 or Oct 12 2013. Until both sides realized we had to be careful about that, there were a few missed signals.
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