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While managing my rss subscriptions, I noticed that some websites use confusing date formatting. For example: What date is 12/05/09?

  • May 12th, 2009
  • December 5th, 2009
  • May 9th, 2012


Using Date Formats: 
MM/DD/YY (common in US), DD/MM/YY (common in Europe) and YY/MM/DD (used in Japan) are really confusing.

Dates used in web sites should be understandable for all cultures. The best practice for date formatting is using month names with 4 digit year. So the right formats for our example are - 12 May 2009 or May 12th, 2009.

displaying day and month information without a year
It is hard for users to understand if the post is up-to-date or not when displaying day and month information without a year

 

Second issue about date formatting is displaying day and month information without a year. It is hard for users to understand if the reading is relevant for them. Showing full date enables users to understand if the article/post/site is outdated or not.

Many blogs and websites display dates in confusing or incomplete formats. It is important to display dates in a way that they are complete and understandable in all cultures.

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