• Subject: Re: DATFMT
  • From: "Rick Baird" <rbbaird@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 16:13:28 -0500
  • Organization: Premium Systems, Inc.

While I'm used to the US standard, the european way makes much more
sense.  just like time, it is in (reverse) order of importance, rather
than mixed.

Hans Boldt wrote:
> 
> Neil wrote:
> >>            D'01/02/98' + *DAYS(1)
> >
> >>would be ambiguous.  Would the result be '02/02/98' or
> >>'01/03/98'?  Americans would expect one answer, Europeans the
> >>other.
> >
> >I guess I must be a little ignorant.  To me this would always mean add one
> >day to 01/02/98.  Which would be 01/03/98.  Is that the American answer?
> 
> Yep!  I've been to Europe several times. and the European
> standard sometimes confuses the heck out of me.
> 
> I try to avoid the ambiguity myself by using either ISO format,
> or an abbreviation of the month name.  One of my hobbies is
> genealogy, where a common date format is 24JUL1998.  (Of course,
> genealogists have been Y2K compliant for years!)
> 
> Cheers!  Hans
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