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1999\10\21@045635 by Morgan Olsson

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>Get yourself a decent mailer program that handles it!

I believe that will be standard in all mail readers soon.
Ought to be anyway...  

Until that we shuld add the to URLs in mails that is read by so many people as in this list.
It is much easier for one person to add that than some hundered having to do so.  
Even if our own systems recognise the !

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I read a note some ten years ago that an international standardisation organization (IEC?) defined a world standard for time and date, in the very natural order most significant first:

  YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss,ss...

  1999-10-21 18:23:42,16

i.e 4 year digits, then month, then date, with "-" between, then a space, then hours (0-23), minutes and seconds with ":" between (I am not sure about this detail please correct me if I am wrong), then decimal commaafter the seconds, and then go the deciamls of second (i think two digits as standard) The decial secinds are optional, and so I think is seconds.

Having it all numerical and in the weighted order makes it easy to sort, and the "-" and ":" makes this look different from other numbering.  I think that is briht.

Here in sweden we often use this standard, and often the short date format


Problem is as Don told that it may be confused with both the


standards, making some last use date marking on food pretty dangerous...  how to decode "021107" on a conserve?!

Maybe if it is expressed with "-", i.e YY-MM-DD it will tell it is this order?
Just a thought.  Just don't tell me 4 year digits is needed on food...

I understand the orders MMDDYY and DDMMYY is from the order in which they are pronounced in some languages text or speak, but as so they will vary from language to language, and some languages may use more than one "gramatically" correct order this make a problem.  But we can«t have a date order for every language!

As in all other numerical data place the numbers in weighted order, why should we mess up the date expression?!

 And for example we write the time 5:20 even if in english we still express it "twenty past five".

I say: keep to the defined world standard (and logical order)!


Morgans Reglerteknik, HŠllekŒs, 277 35 KIVIK, SWEDEN
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