Re[2]: Writing British English

Subject: Re[2]: Writing British English
From: Iain Harrison <iharrison -at- SCT -dot- CO -dot- UK>
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 1996 14:31:29 GMT

Eric Haddock comments:

But 08.11.96? Hmmm. Is
>that July 11th, a version number, or what?

Boy, things _must_ be different over the ocean. In this hemisphere, 08
is August and July would be 07.

They certainly are!

In the UK 08.11.96 is unquestionably the Eighth of
November 1996. There is no confusion at all. We always
write dates dd mm yy. 'Remember, remember the fifth of

When US dates come along, there is no way of telling
what they mean unless there are dates that unlock the
key - like 20-11-10.

Even the British know that there are only twelve months,
but maybe the Japanese would think that date is the
Tenth of November 1920.

It all makes as much sense as phones being laid out


and computers and calculators all numbered


Luckily, at least THOSE are world standards, aren't

This message was sent on 8/11/96, even if you are
reading it on 11-8-96!

iharrison -at- sct -dot- co -dot- uk

The good thing about standards is that there are so many
to choose from.

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