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Ra: Date format

by baku (Scribe)
on Mar 20, 2001 at 03:38 UTC ( #65581=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: (tye)Re: Date format
in thread Date format

There are parts of the US in which d/m/y is more common, as well. In Florida, in particular, (although I'd expect Texas, Arizona, California, Lousiana, and probably Vermont and the Dakotas, if my ethnic stereotyping classes were correct) this is a constant problem. If M/D/Y were so popular, the IRS wouldn't have to print "month" and "day" on their forms.

Besides which, almost all US institutions of any size -- federal government, military, large corporations, hospitals, &c. -- universally use y/m/d for their short form. It's even becoming standard on movie posters, and I've seen more than one 2001 wall calendar printed that way.

IMHO, the only place in which it isn't just plain rude to use M/D/Y is if it's plainly labelled as such, or when the month (or possibly even the day) are written out: eg. January 01, 2001, or January the First, 2001.

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[choroba]: unit tests++
[choroba]: The only problem you can't solve by adding more tests is the problem of having too many tests.
[stevieb]: choroba Been there, done that :) Better too many than not enough though!
[stevieb]: I very often write a base set of unit tests before writing any code. It helps dictate the API, and ensures my earliest of ideas stay on track.

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