[uf-discuss] human readable date parsing
jcraig at apple.com
Wed May 2 13:56:54 PDT 2007
Tim Parkin wrote:
> With all of the discussion about iso dates being unreadable and
> that an
> iso date isn't necessarily required when someone enters a date (i.e.
> saying 24th June doesn't translate into a single date, neither does
> 'thursday'). Shouldn't the focus be on trying to standardise date
> formats rather than trying to hide the iso date? If we can get a
> to recognise 'human readable' dates (which *is* possible, if not
> easy, http://labix.org/python-dateutil for a python version).
I disagree. If you try to make other, human readable formats into a
standard, they will fall short when it comes time to internationaliz
(s)e it. If you can come up with a better format readable to all
machine and all humans in all languages, I'll recant.
I think the ISO 8601 is the best machine data format for the job. I
just don't think it should be in abbr.
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