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Re: RFC: date parser strawman

From: Andrew Snare <ajs_at_pigpond.com>
Date: 2003-12-31 09:02:34 CET

Greg Hudson <ghudson@MIT.EDU> wrote:
> Oh, right. The other thing I wanted to note is that I don't think
> YYYY/MM/DD is terribly common. YYYY-MM-DD is pretty much the standard
> for people who care about precision and internationalization of date
> formats, and MM/DD/YY(YY) or DD/MM/YY(YY) is the "vernacular" standard
> for Americans and Europeans who don't worry about misinterpretation by
> people from other cultures.
> Just my gut feeling; if people have evidence to the contrary, I'm all
> ears.

On Tue, Dec 30, 2003 at 03:27:46PM -0600, kfogel@collab.net wrote:
> Hmm. We have different intuitions, but I have no evidence either way.

I'd concur with Greg; to avoid a culture clash, people who care
about being unambiguous use the format defined by ISO 8601. Although
almost no-one supports the full gamut of what the spec allows, there
are strong arguments for using a subset of it. Rather than re-iterate
them here, take a peek at <http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-time.html>
for an excellent overview.

 - Andrew

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