Dates

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  1. Salty

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    I often see many folks write dates all in numbers - eg 3-5-11. To Americans that would be Mar 5, 2011. However to Europeans, (US) Military and others that would equate to 3 May 2011.

    May not be a bad ideal when writing the date to write out the month -at least the 3 letter abbreviation - to avoid any confusion. eg May 9 or 11 January.

    Sarge Salty

    ps I had to edit this beacuse I wrote out the wrong month as I got confused with the numbers....
     
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  2. KenH

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    I think we can get by and figure it out. :)
     
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    Are you suggesting that BB members actually should think? :laugh:
     
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    When it was 10/10/10, what country were you in?
     
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    In many cases we can "get by and figure it out", by the context, or when the number of the day is greater than 12. But if I were to write, "Fred was baptized 11/5/2010", you might think, "Oh, David's British, so he means 11th May!" But that might not be the case. I might have thought, "Well, the majority of BB members are American, so I'll write the date in their way." In that scenario, 11/5/2010 would have meant 5th November.

    I realise my example is very contrived, but I agree with Salty that using the name of the month would avoid all confusion.
     

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