Re: How to set ISO date/time with en_US.utf8 as system default?
On Sat 27 May 2017 at 17:39:48 (+0200), Nicolas George wrote:
> L'octidi 8 prairial, an CCXXV, firstname.lastname@example.org a écrit :
> > […]
> In this matter, considerations such as "preserving local cultures" are
An astonishing juxtaposition!
> Convenience sets a few rules. The most important of these is: the
> decimal separator, which has a semantic role, must be much more visible
> than the thousand separator, which has only an aesthetic role. Thus, dot
> for decimal and comma for thousand is stupid.
In view of your text following, "stupid" might be a bit strong. The
drift is certainly towards whitespace separators, in which case it
would no longer matter.
> I suggest to apply the following rules, whenever you are free to chose
> your rules:
> - Be liberal in what you accept: understand both dots and commas, do not
> start a pedantic rant if you get a text with the "wrong" one.
> - In "casual" computerized text, especially monospace, use dot for
> decimal and no thousand separator.
> - In typeset text, use dot for decimal and a thin space for thousands
> (possibly: only if the range of the numbers exceeds 9999, i.e. no
> thousand separator for years for example).
> - In hand-written text, the visibility of the dot is not reliable
> enough, use a comma for decimal. And a small space for thousand.