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Re: date formats
On Thu, Dec 14, 2000 at 12:25:53AM -0800, David Lawyer wrote:
> > > > > The international standard date notation is
> > > > >
> > > > > YYYY-MM-DD
> > David Lawyer wrote:
> > > But a lot of people will be confused by this. If the doc is is
> > > English, why not use the existing date format?
> On Tue, Dec 12, 2000 at 09:10:22AM -0500, Sandy Harris wrote:
> > Because anything but that standard creates confusion.
> How can "4 February 1995" (LDP's present "standard") create confusion?
> The doc is in English and as it was pointed out, anyone able to read
> the doc should be able to also read the date. And anyone able to
> translate the doc should also be able to easily translate the date.
> David Lawyer
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This is desperately Anglo-centric. The ISO date is a good numeric sort.
If I see a HOWTO that is, say, in Russian / Croatian / Romanian that says
Foo-HOWTO 2000-04-02 and I know that the English Foo-HOWTO is 02/04/2000 -
do I translate the English one into Russian ? Does it matter if the writer
of the English howto is English or American ??
I may not be sure of the dates in Catalan / transliterated Cantonese - but
I can do a numeric sort.
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