Tuesday, February 01, 2005
What's the date today? The answer is 2005-02-01
If you live in an English-speaking country, or if you're using an English-based software, chances are good that you're using "English" dates, and that today's date is displayed by default as 02/01/05 or 02/01/2005. On the contrary, in most areas of the world, the so-called "French" format will lead to something like 01/02/2005. Since 2003, the International Organization of Standardization wants us to use a single format worldwide. This ISO 8601 document, "Numeric representation of dates and time," has chosen the YYYY-MM-DD representation, going from left to right from the largest element to the smallest. So today is 2005-02-01.
On this very serious topic, you also can read this funny article from the Toronto Star, "We can put a man on the moon but we can't agree on what the date is."
Anyway, because of this incompatibility between different date notations, today is February 1, 2005 for me. Read this overview before switching to the YYYY-MM-DD representation -- or not.
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