In about a months time, at 4 seconds after 5 past 6 on the morning of the 7th August, it'll be (in non-Y2K, UK format time):
YY/MM/DD is not UK format. DD/MM/YY (or DD/MM/YYYY) is UK format.
Thus 07/08 is July 8th in the US, but August 7th in the UK.
(Ugh, I've been in the US for 8 years... I have to _think_ about this, now! Neither way seems natural, any more).
The Canadian government also is starting to run with YYYY (or YY)/MM/DD.
Why? Why not.
(Probably someone in charge a while back wanted things to stay sorted easier)
ISO 8601 defines the date as YYYY-MM-DD. I wish more people would use that or limited variation (YYYYMMDD or YYYY/MM/DD) everywhere; a useful consistency :-)
(I've been using YYYYMMDD in filenames for at least 16 years now)
Aha! So they're just actually following the Standards. Fair enough!
It WOULD make things easier if more people used that way. Especially for food expiration date purposes.
Unfortunately, ISO-8601 also explicitly forbids the use of slashes, and requires 4-digit years [except in extreme situations].
So both YYYY/MM/DD and YY/MM/DD are bad form. (They'll continue to be confusing through at least 2013, and will continue being ambiguous for the first 12 days of every month...)
I think you meant "07/08 is July 8th in the US, but 7th August in the UK" :-)
earlier today: 07/08/09 10:11:12
Ah, but do you remember where you where at 1:23:45 6/7/89? :)
Why yes. If it was daylight hours, I was in school, about a week away from Graduation. If night hours, nearly through another Rocky Horror excursion in Seattle.