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Canadians - Are Your Dates DD/MM/YY Or MM/DD/YY?  
User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8565 posts, RR: 13
Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 27560 times:
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just curious , do you follow your eccentric neighbours to the south when you write a date ? or is today 09/07/09 for you like it is in most of the rest of the world ?


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User currently offlineConnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 27545 times:

I believe the ISO standard form is YYYY/MM/DD HH:MM:SS .

Within my company we use YY/MM/DD.



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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8565 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 27544 times:
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Quoting Connies4ever (Reply 1):

thanks for your reply , but what I really meant is what does the average Canadian write in day to day casual use rather than in a specialised situation such as the workplace .

If one of your friends was writing todays date in ordinary local usage what would you expect them to write ? 07/09/09 ? 09/07/09 ? or something completely different ?



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User currently offlineYYZatcboy From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1082 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 27540 times:
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Here in the CF we use 09 Jul 09 (DD/MMM/YY)

Most people use 09/07/09 (DD/MM/YY) which is also the correct way.

The lazy people do it the US way. (MM/DD/YY) but they are few and far between.



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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8565 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 27531 times:
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Quoting YYZatcboy (Reply 3):

thanks for that  thumbsup  my curiosity is now satisfied  Big grin



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User currently offlineJayce From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 27521 times:



Quoting YYZatcboy (Reply 3):
Most people use 09/07/09 (DD/MM/YY) which is also the correct way.

The lazy people do it the US way. (MM/DD/YY) but they are few and far between.

Odd, I've always been taught it was MM/DD/YY ever since I can remember.
Even at work that is the standard.



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User currently offlinePencrypted From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 27516 times:

DD/MM/YYYY is what i have been using and try to enforce wherever i go. But as Connies4Ever said, at work we use the ISO standard of YYYY/MM/DD


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User currently offlineRonglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 625 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 27483 times:

I don't think you'll be able to find anyone who can speak authoritatively for "Canadians" on this question.

It is my opinion that we don't have any effective date format standards and after the turn of the century, things just got worse. Before, if you saw "05/04/99" you at least knew where the year was.

I sort of like the "20090709" format myself, as it is fairly intuitive, but I don't really see it around too much. I use "09jul09" myself, but I don't expect it to be obvious to other people.

I would say that if you want to be sure that people in Canada understand your date reference, you'd better write out "July 9, 2009"


User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3023 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 27479 times:
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Oh heck, we use DD/MM/YY, MM/DD/YY, YY/MM/DD, YYYY/DD/MMM, DOW/DD/MMM/YYYY.... all depends what system you are looking at!


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User currently onlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1985 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 27456 times:

Canadians don't really have a set way and really put it in any order they like. Since we got into 2001 its been a crap shoot. I personally use DD MMM YY using letters for the month. For example 21 AUG 09. But when it is written like this : 06/08/09 in Canada we usually have no idea what it means, most of the time thats probably year 2009, however sometimes people like to put it first as well.


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User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2134 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 27448 times:

[NITPICK ALERT] The ISO format is YYYY-MM-DD (i.e., hyphen separator, not oblique/solidus/slash).


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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 27428 times:



Quoting YYZatcboy (Reply 3):
Most people use 09/07/09 (DD/MM/YY) which is also the correct way.

The lazy people do it the US way. (MM/DD/YY) but they are few and far between.

What makes one a lazy way of writing it as compared to the other, since they both use 6 digits..?

I am from the English speaking Caribbean and we use DD/MM/YY, here in Mexico I also see that they use DD/MM/YY.

Personally since 2000, I have used DD/MM/YYYY.

But strangely, on official US forms such as immigration/customs, it is also DD/MM/YY or DD/MM/YYYY.



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User currently offlineZentraedi From Japan, joined Jun 2007, 660 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 27425 times:

Why doesn't everybody just adopt the ISO YYYY-MM-DD?

It's the one used all over east Asia and quite frankly the most logical ordering.


User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 27388 times:

It all depends on whom I'm corresponding with. If it's someone here in the US, then 07-09-09. But, if I were corresponding with family in Canada or UK, it would be 09-07-09.


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User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2903 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 27366 times:

Over here it's DD/MM/YY. I don't get why some countries use MM/DD/YY, that's just backwards...


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User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4892 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 27363 times:



Quoting Jayce (Reply 5):
Even at work that is the standard.

That because most people are too lazy to alter regional settings on their computer so the American convention has become accepted as standard.

The Canadian standard is dd/MM/yy.

YOWza



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User currently offlineYYZatcboy From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1082 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 27359 times:
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Quoting Captaink (Reply 11):
What makes one a lazy way of writing it as compared to the other, since they both use 6 digits..?



Quoting YOWza (Reply 15):
That because most people are too lazy to alter regional settings on their computer so the American convention has become accepted as standard.

That is what I meant. It's easier (lazy) for people here to just do what they do in the US.



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