Data Elements & Interchange Formats

7-3-2009 – Would that be ‘Today’ … or ‘July 3 2009’ ?

2009-03-07:  Well … which is it ?   This is not a trick question.

 

In order to avoid confusion … the International Standards Organization (ISO) published International Standard ISO 8601 over 20 years ago.  It has since been revised many times, but the current version is …

 

ISO 8601 : 2004

Data Elements & Interchange Formats – Information Interchange – Representation of Dates & Times

 

This was ‘adopted’ by CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation) as European Standard/Norm … EN 28601.

 

And, under CEN Rules … it has been ‘transposed’ as the National Standard in the CEN Member Countries … for example …

 

I.S. EN 28601 – Ireland ;

 

BS EN 28601 – Great Britain ;

 

NF EN 28601 – France ;

 

UNI EN 28601 – Italy ;

 

CSN EN 28601 – Czech Republic.

 

 

The Standard Short Format for writing any date in the Gregorian Calendar is …

 

Year – Month – Day

 

Today is … 2009-03-07 … and there can be no confusion !

 

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