Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Oct 2009 00:37 UTC
Features, Office In the comments on our editorial about language purism and the Psystar case, it became quite clear that language is a subject almost everyone has an opinion on - not odd if you consider that language is at the very centre of what makes us "human". Since this appears to be a popular subject, let's talk about the influence computing has had on two very minor aspects of the Dutch language.
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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by sakeniwefu on Tue 27th Oct 2009 09:08 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
sakeniwefu
Member since:
2008-02-26

I agree. Hallowed are the computers!

The reason we all use n+1 stupid conventions is that French and Americans exist. If they didn't, everyone else would just standardize on one option and forget about obsolete local alternatives.

The Universal Coordinated Time is called UTC which doesn't stand for anything because the French were all like "uh non non sacre bleu".

And then the Americans are all like "it was all like 100 degrees outside".

Maybe on Venus.

yyyy-mm-dd is a standard now, I am taking bets on what century they will accept it.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by strcpy on Tue 27th Oct 2009 09:14 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20


yyyy-mm-dd is a standard now, I am taking bets on what century they will accept it.


No, it is not. Where I come from, our grammar quite clearly states that the accepted format is DD.MM.YYYY.

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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by Beta on Tue 27th Oct 2009 10:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
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2005-07-06

"
yyyy-mm-dd is a standard now, I am taking bets on what century they will accept it.


No, it is not.
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Technically, it is - ISO 8601 - I cannot see countries moving to it for every day use soon, but I could easily see official documents, legal papers, etc, adopting it.

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