View Full Version : Settings for displaying the date?

04-11-2004, 07:34
I live in one of those countries that writes calendar dates a different way. Is there a setting that I could choose to display the date in a non-ambiguous format? 03 Nov 2004 is much less confusing. I keep seeing 03-11-2004 as a day in March, and I'm sure many people would say the same about 11-03-2004.


ambermoon, who can't tell if she is coming or going.

Rusty Neon
04-11-2004, 09:33
If one is to use numbers for the month instead of words, I find the least ambiguous way to express it is in the format year/month/date, e.g., November 2, 2004 would be 2004-11-02. This is the way computerized land title registries in Canada often do it. If date format can't be set by the individual member, it would be good if the overall ATF system could be set up with that date format.

The other formats, e.g., 11-02-2004 or 02-11-2004, can be ambiguous.

04-11-2004, 10:13
That is interesting. 2004-11-03 would be ambiguous to me because I didn't know there was yet another convention for placing the numbers. Do we know if there are even more variations? Using the month name rather than number is the only non-ambiguous solution I can see, and that's only so because we are an English-speaking lot.

Rusty Neon
04-11-2004, 11:02
Hi ambermoon,

Precisely because of ambiguity created by date formats 11-03-2004 and 03-11-2004, the International Standards Organization format for International Standard Date Notation is Year-Month-Date: 2004-11-03.



06-11-2004, 19:13
Seems to me that the International Standards Organisation is simply seeking to take what is possibly its own favourite formatting of month before day, and finally organising it into sequential order, as it was in the first place had it been left as day/month/year.

06-11-2004, 22:21
Here it is day/month/year and I think it's clearer.

07-11-2004, 01:08
Well, the ISO may have standardised, but they failed the ambiguity test, because you still have to know the rule rather than look at the date and see it. I can see their standard has a benefit for consistancy.

But, the display ambiguity has been fixed in the new forums, simply because new posts are displayed in hours and minutes.