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by Markus Kuhn International Standard ISO 8601 specifies numeric representations of date and time.This standard notation helps to avoid confusion in international communication caused by the many different national notations and increases the portability of computer user interfaces.2/4/95, 4/2/95, 95/2/4, 4.2.1995, 04-FEB-1995, 4-February-1995, and many more.Especially the first two examples are dangerous, because as both are used quite often in the U. and in Great Britain and both can not be distinguished, it is unclear whether 2/4/95 means 1995-04-02 or 1995-02-04.It is not intended as a replacement for language-dependent worded date notations such as “24.
like 1/1/0), it has been suggested that the year 2000 is an excellent opportunity to change to the standard date notation.
ISO 8601 is only specifying numeric notations and does not cover dates and times where words are used in the representation.
The date notation 2/4/5 has at least six reasonable interpretations (assuming that only the twentieth and twenty-first century are reasonable candidates in our life time).
Advantages of the ISO 8601 standard date notation compared to other commonly used variants: As dates will look a little bit strange anyway starting with 2000-01-01 (e.g.
In addition, these formats have several important advantages for computer usage compared to other traditional date and time notations.The time notation described here is already the de-facto standard in almost all countries and the date notation is becoming increasingly popular.