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Re: date format

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg80877] Re: date format
  • From: Szabolcs <szhorvat at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2007 06:39:47 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: University of Bergen
  • References: <f015bp$9sk$1@smc.vnet.net> <f04o2k$8tv$1@smc.vnet.net> <fbgn6d$9lr$1@smc.vnet.net>

rob wrote:
> It appears that the natural output of Date[] has
> year, month, day, etc which puts the least significant value 
> on the right, just like most other numbering systems. I've 
> always wondered why most people don't use this simple 
> convention for dates.  

Some languages (e.g. Hungarian) have always used the y-m-d format.  ;-)

The conventions were probably shaped by how dates can be expressed in 
different languages (3rd day of June; tertio die Junii; but in Hungarian 
its in the reverse order: június harmadik napja).

Szabolcs



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