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Re: Date processing should be more flexible

From: eric <eric_at_ehlarson.com>
Date: 2005-07-04 19:51:03 CEST

Russ Brown wrote:

>Olivier Sannier wrote:
>
>
>>Erik Huelsmann wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>>On 7/4/05, McKenna, Simon (RGH) <Simon.McKenna@rgh.sa.gov.au> wrote:
>>>
>>>
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>>>
>>>>-> What's meant with 2005/05/07 - July 5th or May 7th?
>>>>
>>>>yyyy/mm/dd
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>That's not the natural order for people in the US (as I understand it).
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>Yes, but it's the ISO standard date format, hence it should be
>>understood by everyone.
>>
>>
>>
>
>It's the format that makes the most sense too: the elements are orderd
>in descending order of magnitude. As an added bonus, dates formatted
>like that happen to order correctly when sorted as plain text.
>
>
>

I think that most people in the US with a technical background have
grown to appreciate the value of ISO format. Eliminating strange local
formats/ordering is a good thimg IMHO.

It would be nice to accept / as a separator, and some form of date math
would be slightly more useful. But I would much rather see that effort
directed at functions with a deeper value such as merge tracking.

So:

yyyy-mm-dd: +1
mm-dd-yyyy: -1
yyyy/mm/dd: 0
-12d, -12m, -1y: +0.1
two days ago: -1

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