On 01/26/2010 12:09 PM, Edward C. Zimmermann wrote:
> On Tue, 26 Jan 2010 11:39:10 -0800, Per Bothner wrote
>> Actually, '/' is common as a separator in European locales, too.
>> At least Norwegian, which I know well!
> In Norge the syntax is: Year/Month/Day
Maybe officially in terms of some government standard, but
Day/Month/Year is more commonly used, sometimes with dot rather
than slash. I haven't lived in Norway for almost 30 years,
but I still visit yearly, and this seems likely to be correct:
>> However, YYYY/MM/DD would have been unambigious - though that
> No it not. Fine when YYYY> 31 or DD> 12 but not all cases.. Even using
> YYYY notation for year we still have years< 31 or years<12 and they
> can create problems..
The assumption is you'd require (at least) 4 digits: 0033
> If we agree that the format **IS** YYYY/MM/DD then its just ISO with / instead
> of the optional (in ISO) -.. nothing to gain but confusion.
My point was hypothetical: What ISO *should* (IMO) have standardized,
but alas they didn't.
> Time intervals (ranges) in the ISO standard are defined with /
I didn't realize that. Damn. Alas, I know all too well that
there is no taste requirement for sitting on a standards committee ...
Committees come up with the craziest syntaxes ... and I guess they did.
I wonder if anyone uses this syntax.
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