• Subject: Re: L-date fields
  • From: DAsmussen@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 14 Sep 1997 23:20:12 -0400 (EDT)


In a message dated 97-09-14 07:31:14 EDT, you write:

> Perhaps the point of my argument was missed. Succinctly: we want the
>  user to be aware of what they're putting in the computer. They're
>  relying too much on defaulted centurys. I want the user to be
>  cognizant of the century of date they're entering / changing. Since
>  the computer isn't smart enough to figure out which date the user
>  really means when they press Enter, we must make the user aware of
>  what's going on.

Yes but when it comes to the century, you're only introducing two more digits
of possibly incorrect keying.  As was stated before, it's just as easy to
type 18 or even 17 as it is to type 19 or 20 -- all valid dates.  I say use 8
digit dates for D-O-B and other like fields, and stick to six for most
business transactions.  A "breakover" date of 40 or so should be


Dean Asmussen
Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  USA
E-Mail:  DAsmussen@AOL.COM

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