date formats

Markus Kuhn Markus.Kuhn at
Thu Jul 23 13:57:58 UTC 1998

Dave & Betty Fabian [SMTP:dfabian at] wrote:
> Do you know where I can get a list of the local year-month-day orders
> used in each country? For example, the U.S. uses month-day-year order.

Local date format information is part of the locale data collection
on <> specified in POSIX locale format.

More and more users and countries are moving towards the international
standard date notation YYYY-MM-DD described on

so you might consider using just this one for simplicity and prevention
of confusion.


Markus G. Kuhn, Security Group, Computer Lab, Cambridge University, UK
email: mkuhn at,  home page: <>

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