[wp-hackers] Default Date is Inhumane...

Michael Heilemann michael at binarybonsai.com
Mon Aug 23 19:45:14 UTC 2004

Hi all,

First post on the hackers list, please feel free to correct me if I'm 
in the wrong place.

With the template for WP 1.3 being redone, I'd like to make a pitch for 
getting the date setup changed, not the kind you go on, but the kinds 
you forget to pay your bills on:

The default date syntax for WordPress is 'n/j/Y', which outputs: 

I suggest using 'l, F jS, Y', which'll output: Monday, August 23rd, 2004

Reason being, that with the current default, it's easy to become 
confused by what date we're talking about. Not only is the date 
denominated using only numbers, which makes it hard for the human mind 
to parse quickly (at least for non-coders), but the current setup also 
outputs it like this: month/day/year. This is an American way of doing 
things, with the International standard being day/month/year.

If 'Monday, August 23rd, 2004' is used instead, there is no confusion 
about this at all, making 07/08/2004 instead display as August 7th, 

The same is the case for the time setup, which currently uses 'g:i a', 
which'll output: 9:42 pm. Also an American-only standard, which makes 
most other nationalities shake their head around noon and midnight, 
when they don't know whether it's supposed to be am or pm.

If instead 'H:i' was used, the output would be: 21:42. Everyone knows 
what that means.

Kind Regards,
Michael Heilemann

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