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dating systems

John O'Connell


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The way the calendar date is expressed in numbers is different in various countries. For example, 4/7/06 either means April 7, 2006 in the United States or July 4, 2006 in Great Britain. The difference lies in the ordering of the day, month, and year. Although this may seem to be a minor inconvenience, think about a US manufacturer with a contract to produce goods for a European purchaser as of 4/12/06. The US manufacturer is ready for delivery on April 12, 2006 but the European purchaser is not ready to take delivery until December 4, 2006. To avoid problems with numerical dating always abbreviate the month when dating international correspondence. Thus, July 12, 2006 becomes either JUL/12/06 or 12/JUL/06. Either way it is clear that the month is July and the day is the 12th. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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