GlobalisationWatch times and dates
Watch times and dates
When creating content for the Net, you can sometimes forget you're writing for a global audience.
Signs you're thinking parochially include phone numbers without country codes or dates and times in your own country's format.
For example, US date style is mm/dd/yy while European (and Australian) style is dd/mm/yy.
To avoid ambiguity, spell out dates and include the year (12 June 2002) or use the international format (see below).
Until Swatch Internet time catches on (if ever), use the 24-hour clock format. Use "noon" and "midnight" to save your readers thinking.
Markus Kuhn's summary of the international standard
Internet-Draft of the Internet Engineering Task Force
The International Date Format Campaign -
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