Does anyone know where the convention of calendars and date pickers starting
the week on Sunday came from?
I have a strong personal preference for Monday for work-related tasks (and
have customized accordingly, whenever this is supported: iCal, Google
Calendar, Zimbra). But when I mentioned this to colleagues for a work week
tracker I'm designing, they pointed out that most components start the week
on Sunday. And in a quick round of research (travel sites plus a few
calendaring systems and widget libraries), that Sunday default turns out to
be far more of a standard than I expected.
Is this a good design pattern I just haven't come around to, or are
component defaults far more influential than even ux designers knew? Where
does the work week start on Sunday, besides Tel Aviv?
Or was someone simply trying to disambiguate between S (Sunday) and S
(Saturday) by separating them?