On Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 09:41:54PM +0200, email@example.com wrote: > >> At least you got the annoying AM/PM problem fixed where it counts and >> just use the 24hr scale. There are still some holdouts though... > >Like the date of 11/10/12.. <- who outside the US knows FOR SURE what >day it is supposed to represent? Well, is there any place in the world that would natively use strictly big-endian or strictly little-endian notation for times? In many places, the ISO 8601 notation is widely understood, but not used natively: 2014-04-23T06:28:38+00:00 2014-04-23T06:28:38Z BTW, the American influence is showing there too: The Z short-hand notation for UTC is the US military Zulu time. German-influenced countries are not logical either: it is dd.mm.yyyy hh:mm:ss (little endian for date, big-endian for time) Luckily we Europeans do not use am/pm in times. If we used it, I guess it should be before the hours: pm12:00 to be entirely big-endian. Another place for mixed-endian notation is addresses, such as in URLs (hostnames are "least significant part first" while IP addresses and file names are "most significant part first"). In physical addresses, the North American notation is almost little-endian: GivenName FamilyName Organization StreetNumber StreetName City ZipCode Country To be fully little-endian, it should be ZipCode City, assuming that there are multiple zip codes in a city, and never multiple cities sharing a zip code. We Europeans should keep quiet about the US date formats, because the German-influenced countries (most of continental Europe) are writing the street name before the street number, breaking the little-endian order. Decades ago, someone who used to live in Iso-Roobertinkatu (translated: Big Robert's Street) repeatedly got snailmail to "150 Roobertinkatu" :) For what it is worth, if the Austrian painter-corporal had gotten his way and he hadn't been suspicious of quantum physics, the world could now be using http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planck_units and on the other hand, Commodore would not have come to existence. The imperial system could have been developed further too: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/24/vulture_central_standards/ Marko Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2014-04-23 06:00:49
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