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Re: Bug#4329: Emacs has hardcoded path for jka-compr, breaks at upgrad

osiris@cs.utexas.edu (Rob Browning)  wrote on 02.09.96 in <87iv9x4b71.fsf@raven.ots.utexas.edu>:

> Lars Wirzenius <liw@iki.fi> writes:

> > For reasons unknown, people _will_ write dates in the form
> > yyyy-dd-mm. Don't ask me why, but they do. Up to several percent of
> > them.
> It's because they will sort properly with a standard alphabetical
> sort, like that used by "ls", or perl's default "sort", etc.

Except that that's not true. yyyy-mm-dd is the thing that will sort ok.

> > Having the month spelled out as text is the only way to make
> > dates unambiguous.
> As long as you disallow middle endian, the four digit year makes
> little or big endian unambiguous.

I suspect that a significant percentage of people who are used to middle  
endian will use it even in the 1996-09-02 version.

As long as none of these is here to get offended, I'll say that this  
proves that the combination of stupid formats with stupid people is  

Also, I'll suggest that 01Jan02 *will* be gotten wrong by some people. Use  
4 digit years, Lars.

(Oh, one minor point. 4 digit years actually buy a lot more than 8000  
years iff there are delimiters around the number. Both 123456-12-31 and  
31Dec123456 are perfectly parsable, should you ever need them, and also  
very obvious extensions.)

MfG Kai

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