Date formats

Dear World,

We apologize for being so US-centric and using Month-Day-Year everywhere on the site. It is a bit archaic and doesn’t make much sense to the rest of you. So, we now let you pick Day-Month-Year (account preference).

Please stop sending angry letters starting like: “the REST of the world, which does things in a reasonable fashion…” and which continue to point out that, given that humans have ten digits, the kilometer makes more sense than than the mile, milk shouldn’t come in quarts, &c. Whatever.

With love,

The BillMonks

ps. Time zones are coming soon, but will make more sense once you can report things with hour-level granularity. Gotta say, we’re not loving all the wacky regional exceptions to daylight savings.


8 Responses to “Date formats”

  1. Matt Says:

    I’d recommend JodaTime, but since you’re not using Java, I’ve got nothing for you

  2. Sunny Says:

    Hurray for the step towards internationalisation ! How long do you think until you implement other languages ?

  3. Sunny Says:

    By the way if you need a french translator I’d gladly help šŸ™‚

  4. Justin Says:

    Hi Billmonk! Would it be possible to add yyyy-mm-dd? It’s the ISO standard and is the most internationally unambiguous format.

  5. billmonk Says:

    Sure thing! I’ll post again when it’s up.

  6. billmonk Says:

    OK, we now support yyyy-mm-dd. Thanks for the suggestion!

  7. Stephen Mok Says:

    Yay! YYYY-MM-DD support!

    Well, kind of anyway… šŸ˜‰ This is really pedantic, but how about using the a hypen (-) as the separator instead of a slash (/) for YYYY-MM-DD? Yes I know, this is really, really picky but then that really would conform to the ISO standard!


  8. John Gilmore Says:

    The free Unix/Linux localtime library handles all the strange daylight savings
    times. It’s part of the standard C library these days, and the timezone database comes with your system. Try “man tzset” and “man tzfile” for
    more info. It works from Perl and other languages, too.

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