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RE: [WAI-IG] Date & number format

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 09:57:21 -0500 (EST)
To: "Cheryl D. Wise" <cdwise@wiserways.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0312050951180.7348-100000@smart.net>

On Fri, 5 Dec 2003, Cheryl D. Wise wrote:

> And being in the US I would use MM-DD-YYYY. That's where the problem comes

and even though I am in the USA I work internationally and long ago
adopted the DD-MM-YYYY format but it confused so many people I almost
universally now DD-MMM-YYYY spelling out the abreviation of the month.
ie  5 Dec 2003  or 05-Dec-2003

> in but in reality as long as it is clearly stated which format you want/need

which is why I preefer to put in the DD-MM-YYYY which replaces as the date
is typed in.

> Same thing about someone's earlier comment on requiring the + on phone
> numbers. In the US we don't use + so for many, if not most people it
> wouldn't register what they are being asked to provide.

and in some areas of the USA we now have to dial all 10 numbers even for a
local call.  so rather than using (***) ***-****  tele numbers are being
written 123-456-7890

> Forms are difficult unless you know for a fact that you will only get
> visitors from a limited geographic area. I have friends in New Zealand and
> Singapore who complain that the most commonly used contact and order forms
> will not accept their addresses because they don't allow enough lines or
> require items such as county or state that aren't used in their countries.

yes if I even suspect I will get someone from someplace else I put an
extra address line in and require a country to be entered

postal code


> -----Original Message-----
> From: tina@greytower.net
>   Not, but the format
>     "xx monthname year-with-four-digits"
>   work in all contexts; written - of course - fully and in the same
>   natural language as the document itself.
>   If you then want to use the ISO format internally, fine. However, if
>   you MUST use an abbreviated, locale-dependent, format towards the end
>   user, then I still suggest dd-mm-yyyy - and, of course, always include
>   that, as the OP had done.
>     <label for="date">Date (in dd-mm-yyyy format)</label>
>     <input type="text"
>             name="date"
>              id="date"
>               size="16">
>   would be my suggestion.

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