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SubjectRe: Wireless Extension update
Roeland Th. Jansen wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 14, 2001 at 05:07:53PM -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>
>>YYYY-MM-DD is also unambiguous, and has the nice properties of being
>>(a) sortable and (b) language-independent.
>>
>
> it only is unambiguous if you happen to know the format beforehand.
>


It is, but unlike all other numeric formats there is no conflicting format
in use.


> 20011001 is ?
>
> 10 oct 2001 ?
> 01 jan 2001 ?
>


1 Oct 2001, whereas "01/10/2001" would be read as Jan 10, 2001 or Oct 1,
2001 in differents part of the world.

Using language-specific codes are fine and well only if you know for sure
which language was used.

-hpa

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