Date format based on local

23 Mar 2010 - 10:20am
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smsorensen
2010

I’m looking for a resource that provides the most common(preferred) date format for a local. e.g. U.K – dd/mm/yyyy , Bulgaria – dd.mm.yyyy

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23 Mar 2010 - 11:16am
Miha Feus
2010

Are you looking for something like this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calendar_date

24 Mar 2010 - 1:16am
Dimiter Simov
2006

The most common and the preferred date formats are two different things. And I would add the most unambiguous.

The most common format is the one built in the software that people use to stamp the date on packages, articles, or whatever. It is defined by what the software offers, and in most cases is a version of a sequence of numbers - 2009 09 09.

I can't talk about the most preferred format because I do not have data. (My personal preference, however, is to express the month with a Roman figure - 9 IX 2009. That's how they taught me at school before computers became ubiquitous. My kids say they still teach them that at school.)

The most unambiguous date format, in my opinion, is the one that spells out the month, and shows the year with four digits. So whether it is 2009 Sep 09 or Sep 09 2009 or 9 September 2009 there is no big difference. Have a look at the date format used in this very website (ixda.org). Note also that Jakob Nielsen's guideline is "Always spell out the name of the month" www.useit.com/alertbox/20050808.html.

26 Mar 2010 - 4:50pm
William Hudson
2009

I did a date study last year, but it is not by country and I did not retain the punctuation used. It was primarily US & UK based. Details here:

http://www.syntagm.co.uk/design/datesstudy.htm

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-----Original Message----- From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of smsorensen Sent: 23 March 2010 18:56 To: William Hudson Subject: [IxDA] Date format based on local

I’m looking for a resource that provides the most common(preferred) date format for a local. e.g. U.K –
dd/mm/yyyy , Bulgaria – dd.mm.yyyy

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