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Re: Abbreviating years?

From: Marjolein Katsma <hgnje001@sneakemail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 20:04:35 +0100
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At 18:56 2004-02-12, Juan Ulloa wrote:

>Hi all, again.
>Is the common abbreviation of cutting out the first 2 digits of the year 
>an accessibility problem?
>2003    = '03  or 2004 = '04.
>Is the abbreviation tag useful for this purpose?  Or is the abbreviation 
>so common that if used in context it makes as much sense to a visual user 
>as to somebody accessing the website through a screen reader?

Actually, abbreviation of years doesn't make any sense to me at all. When 
it's just two digits it's highly confusing (I can't immediately recognize 
it as a year, it might be any number, or a month, or a day); when you use 
an apostrophe you gain just one character, but still lose clarity.

Why not use the full year?

Marjolein Katsma
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