Date conventions

From: Jonathan Robie (
Date: Fri Feb 06 1998 - 09:28:42 EST

At 07:58 PM 5 Feb 1998, Ward Powers wrote:
>The date 11/9/96 will mean either 11th September or 9th November, depending
>what part of the world a person comes from and what he is used to.
>Could I make the suggestion, in the interests of avoiding ambiguity and
>having to work out what date is meant, that on b-greek we might adopt the
>convention of writing the date as yymmdd (year/year/month/month/day/day).
>Thus 11th September 1996 would be 960911, and 9th November would be 961109.
On B-Greek, we've avoided regulating even such simple things as the
transcription scheme for Greek. I doubt that we'll regulate dates.

HOWEVER, since I've lived in countries that use different schemes, I've
always preferred to use date formats like "11 Sept 96", which are
completely unambiguous and easy to read. If anyone prefers to use these
formats, great. My mailer doesn't do that automatically.


Jonathan Robie

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