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Watch times and dates

Watch times and dates

When creating content for the Net, you can sometimes forget you're writing for a global audience.

Signs you're thinking parochially include phone numbers without country codes or dates and times in your own country's format.

For example, US date style is mm/dd/yy while European (and Australian) style is dd/mm/yy.

To avoid ambiguity, spell out dates and include the year (12 June 2002) or use the international format (see below).

Until Swatch Internet time catches on (if ever), use the 24-hour clock format. Use "noon" and "midnight" to save your readers thinking.

Markus Kuhn's summary of the international standard
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-time.html

Internet-Draft of the Internet Engineering Task Force
http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-impp-datetime-05.txt

The International Date Format Campaign -

http://www.saqqara.demon.co.uk/datefmt.htm

21/6/2002

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