19 April 2008

Does anyone know what day it is?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all followed the same numerical dating standard. It can get very confusing when we date differently.

For instance, can anyone tell me what this date is - 06/11/03? Is it June 11, 2003? Is it the 6th of November 2003? Or is it 2006 November 03? Well, it depends on which country you are in and if the person writing the date is aware of the standards in their particular country.

Canadian and International standard is YYYY/MM/DD
American MM/DD/YYYY

But these standards are not always followed.

Here is a very confusing look at the dating format around the world. Click here if you dare.

A good case for entering by YYYY/MM/DD would be when you want to sort chronologically. It would accurately sort by year either ascending or descending, depending on your preference. If you sort by MM/DD/YYYY, 01/13/2003 would come before 04/12/2001, which would not be an accurate chronological listing.

One thing I do know for sure, it is Saturday today and the weather in Ottawa, Canada is beautiful with a high today in the 70s (Farenheit), but then again depending on which country you are in it may be in the high 20s (Celcius). Oh who cares...I'm going to enjoy it anyway. It's warm and the snow is melting and that's all that matters.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.


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