A non-electrical question for all our international members: What's the generally used method for writing dates in your country?
I think that everybody here will have realized that the normal American format is month/day/year, so today, April 1, 2003 would be written 4-1-03 or 4/1/03.
In the U.K., the format is day/month/year, the most usual punctuation being a dash, dot, or slash, i.e. 1-4-03, 1.4.03, 1/4/03.
I believe that the order is the same throughout Western Europe, but I've sometimes seen dates from the Continent written with Roman numerals for the month, e.g. 1-iv-03. I don't know how common this is.
Paul, We have just returned to Non-Daylight-saving time, sure knocks you around a wee bit, too. We write our date dd/mm/yyy. It can get a bit confusing, if you are talking about a day earlier on in the year, for example, 04/03/2003, is it the 3rd of April 2003 or the 4th of March?. Wish the system was the same everywhere!.
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#136427 - 04/02/0304:03 AMRe: Your national date format
2. 4. 2003, 2. 4. 03, 02. 04. 2003 10:01 Uhr. 2. IV. 2003 is very oldfashioned. On invoices etc. sometimes also 03/04/02 or with hyphens instead of the slashes. Personally I prefer the first version, without the leading zero.
#136428 - 04/02/0311:27 AMRe: Your national date format
Interesting. I think there are one or two other places (Japan?) which use YY/MM/DD as well.
On the time format, the U.K. is kind of middleground. The 24-hour clock is used much more commonly than in the United States (on bus and train timetables, for example), but not as often as in Europe. You won't hear people talk about going home at 18 hours, like you might in Europe, for example.
Ranger, You sometimes use Y/M/D on invoices? Isn't that rather confusing? How could somebody know whether 03/04/02 is April 3, 2002 or April 2, 2003?
C-H, Yes, the U.K. went onto daylight savings (British Summer Time) last weekend. Changes back the end of October.
#136429 - 04/02/0302:03 PMRe: Your national date format
No idea. I can only rember getting a laughing fit when I first saw "96-11-03". Probably the only way to distinguish are the hyphens instead of the dots. We changed to daylight savings in the night from saturday to sunday. One lost hour of sleep, ugh!
#136430 - 04/02/0306:00 PMRe: Your national date format