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Re: Human representation of dates, opinions

From: Mark D. Baushke <mdb_at_juniper.net>
Date: 2002-05-31 07:58:03 CEST

> From: Nuutti Kotivuori <naked@iki.fi>
>
> So, let's see a few formats:
>
> 1) 2002-05-30T19:50:45Z
> 2) 2002-05-30 19:50:45Z
> 3) 2002-05-30T22:50:45+0300
> 4) 2002-05-30 22:50:45+0300
>
> 5) 2002-05-30 22:50:45 (+0300)
> 6) 2002-02-22 21:35 GMT
> 7) Thu May 30 20:15:43 EEST 2002
> 8) ...

>| %c The preferred date and time representation for the
>| current locale.

%c) Thu May 30 22:55:56 2002

Note that more white space in #4 would also okay:

 4a) 2002-05-30 22:50:45 +0300

and parenthetical human readable stuff might help some other folks,
you could even put the day of the week in the local language if you
wanted to do it:

 4b) 2002-05-30 (Thursday) 22:50:45 +0300 (EEST)
     2002-05-30 (Donnerstag) 22:50:45 +0300 (EEST)
     2002-05-30 (Gioved) 22:50:45 +0300 (EEST)
     2002-05-30 (Jeudi) 22:50:45 +0300 (EEST)
     2002-05-30 (Jueves) 22:50:45 +0300 (EEST)

In order of preference, my choices are:
  4a, 4, 2, 3, 1, 4b

I would rather NOT see 6, 7 or %c used.

Please, stay away from time zone names shall we please? EST (Eastern
Standard Time) is used in both Australia and the United States as well
as in Europe (sometimes). They just do not really work if you live in
a networked world where the machine you are using may not be in the
same timzeone as you are using.

I would rather that the timezone were included in any specification so
that trouble shooting for remote users is not implossible to do.

        -- Mark

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