Re: How to set ISO date/time with en_US.utf8 as system default?
On Sat, 27 May 2017, at 16:24, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> A lot of Europe does it, and it is wrong! It goes back quite a while to
> when it was fashionable to use a dot (.) as a symbol for multiplication.
I don't think it's a straightforward as that.
Mathematics (at university level) uses dot that way, sometimes. But is
uses adjacency of symbols so eg "xy" means x times y, as may "x.y".
> So Europe stopped using a dot to signal a decimal point to avoid
> confusion (they should have stopped stopped using a dot as a symbol for
> multiplication). In the U.S. and G.B. an X was used for multiplication
> symbol so they continued on using a dot for decimal (as it should be).
But mathematics also used dot and x to refer to concepts named
In other words, what's acceptable/normal depends entirely on the
Jeremy Nicoll - my opinions are my own.