• Subject: Re: L-date fields
  • From: DAsmussen@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 14:27:15 -0400 (EDT)

Neil,

In a message dated 97-09-16 12:08:41 EDT, you write:

> mm/dd/yyyy on screen & reports !  yuuucchhhh !
>  Isn't this the perfect opportunity to get rid of ambiguous dates ?
>  What is 04-06-1997 ?   April 6th 1997 ?  Not necessarily.  In Europe it
>  would be 04 June 1997.  However when you see 1997-04-06 is there any
>  doubt that this is April 4th 1997 ?  
>  As we move towards a global economy, isn't it about time we all started
>  writing dates the same way ?  I say give the users yyyy-mm-dd and don't
>  take any crap from them !

I agree.  The BPCS date API (for V6) allows specification of both internal
models and client models for dates.  The system control file states the date
format used by the client, and all calls to the API can specify a "from
format" and a "to format" -- both formats can be julian, mdy, ymd, cmd, mdc,
or CLIENT.  Certainly speeds the development of overseas code!

Regards,

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

"Let us be thankful for the fools.  But for them the rest of us could not
succeed." --(Mark Twain)
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