Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Core Netiquette Rules For Writing Dates

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Core Netiquette Rules For Writing Dates

        Few who constantly misspell or misrepresent dates and times believe they are doing so, even though some will depict date and times differently quite often—sometimes from one message to the next.
        Just as with time, what can most commonly go wrong with misspelled (or incorrectly formatted) dates are missed appointments, payments, travel arrangements, and much more. Part of this problem also can be attributed to not providing full dates such as, The game will be Monday, May 1 instead of The game will be Monday. Why the emphasis here? If the sender actually has misrepresented the day of the week for whatever reason, the additional data might be a flag to the recipient to confirm the date. This works conversely as well: The game will be on Monday, May 1; The game will be on May 1—or even worse, The game will be on the first of the month.
Do not use the ordinal form of dates. Correct, May 6; incorrect, May 6th.
        The following formats are acceptable for depicting dates. It should be noted that many countries differ from the United States for their respective date representations. Specifically, these instances can easily be found online.
Full month name, numeric day, comma, full year

October 16, 1951
Numeric day, short month name, full year

8 Jan 1965
Short month name, numeric day, comma, full year

Dec 19, 1996
Four digit year, dash, two digits month, dash, two digits day

Numeric day, full month name, full year

17 July, 1918
Netiquette assumes that consistency be applied within bodies of email text. The following are a few more common suggestions.[JL1] 
1)         Dates in quotes should not be changed.
2)         When changing appointment times, both the originally and newly scheduled times need to be shown.
3)         Approximate dates should be preceded by c. or circa and a year.
4)         Ranges in dates, as in résumés, should include the earliest and last, separated by a spaced hyphen or en dash (–).
5)         Decades should be represented by a simple plural, without apostrophes.
       Incorrect: 1990’s or 1990ies
       Correct: 1990s
6)         AD (or CE) and BC are capitalized, with no periods.
7)         The date format used in the United States is MM/DD/YYYY. Most other major countries use date exceptions, including China, Korea, and Japan (using year, month, day). Others exceptions include Russia, most of Europe, and most of South America, which use day, month, year.


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