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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, gwmfms6@openmailbox.org a écrit :
> > […]
> […]
> In this matter, considerations such as "preserving local cultures" are
> irrelevant.

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.


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