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Shoud the entire world embrace the ISO 8601 standard date-time format?
The entire world should embrace the ISO 8601 standard date-time format.
Many mistakes would be avoided with unified format.
Dates and times presented in ISO 8601 format sort very nicely in spreadsheet and in computing when doing simple text sorts.
Dates like 4/5/11 would no longer be ambiguous. This expression could be equally thought of as April 5th, 2011 or May 4th, 2011 or May 11th, 2004. Having a standard would eliminate all that nonsense.
The standard is much more compatible with UTC time when a global perspective is needed.
The majority of the world population would have to adapt to the christian starting year.
ISO 8601 is not an open standard. To have access to the full documentation, the ISO requires a purchase of
the 140$ document
. This is unnecessary and too expensive.
The US would have to abandon the AM/PM tradition and get new clocks in most contexts.
Very few people actually use this format currently in normal interactions in real life, thus this would require a huge effort to adjust to.
Europeans would have to modify many documents and systems that present Day/Month/Year and switch that around to Year/Month/Day. The change would be a bit of a shock.
Americans would have to start consistantly putting the year in front of the date to comply. Going from MM/DD/YYYY to YYYY/MM/DD format.
In the standard, years are generally presented with all four digits which would require for displays and papers to provide more room for the extra numbers if only two digits had been previously used. (An old Y2K concern)
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