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Subject: Re: what is 100R mean in a schematics?
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Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2002 05:33:51 GMT
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"Zefram Cochrane" wrote in message
> "CBFalconer" wrote in message
> > habits, and miles, pounds, deg. F etc. die hard. I also make an
> > effort to use ISO date formats, which confuses some.
> Wahey! You mean you say 2002-11-24 ? I do as well. This confuses
> people here in UK more than in US, I guess, because the ISO format
> has the month and date in American order MM-DD; this is different
> from the UK of course, where DD-MM is universal. Hence, when
> I say 2002-04-07, noone knows whether I mean 4th of July or 7th of
Has nothing to do with "American order", but rather "logical order": most
significant first, least significant last. Result is that an alphabetically
sorted dates list in ISO8601 format is also chronologically sorted.
Also, while 04-07-2002 may be confusing because both DD-MM-YYYY and
MM-DD-YYYY formats exist, there's no such thing as a YYYY-DD-MM format.
And another thing about date formats:
I wish Microsoft would stop putting all this pseudo-intelligence in their
software, always trying to decide for me -- mostly wrong -- while I can
perfectly make my own decisions, thank you very much.
Point in case: MSoffice knows very well I want the ISO8601 order, so it
(i.c. Excel) thinks "11-24" is a date. I can live with that. But when I type
"24-11" in a cell, Excel "thinks": wait a minute, this looks like a date,
but it isn't one, because there are only 12 months, but if I swap the
numbers, it becomes a valid date, yeah, let's do that.
Has it ever occured to you guys in Redmont that maybe "24-11" might be a
code or something. Just leave the thinking to the user; you know: the
customer, the guy/gal who still pays for your stuff. You must have heard