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Re: comments on mathfont-0.5

Matthias Clasen <mclasen@sun2.mathematik.uni-freiburg.de> writes on 
Tue, 2 Sep 1997 13:35:10 +0200 (MET DST):

>> Perhaps I should find out how to convince
>> emacs and cvs to create a nicely formatted ChangeLog...
>> Is a date format like `May 14, 97' acceptable ? Btw isn't 97-05-14 the
>> official (ISO) format for that date ?

Don't forget the year-2000 problem that is estimated to cost the
world's economy more than 1 trillion U.S. dollars.  Let's stamp
out 2-digit year abbreviations permanently.

When I use M-x add-change-log-entry or M-x add-change-log-entry-other-window (on 
C-x 4 a), I get a ChangeLog entry like this:

Tue Sep  2 08:51:34 1997  Nelson H. F. Beebe  <beebe@plot79.math.utah.edu>

The date is in the UNIX "date" command format, though missing the time
zone that "date" normally provides.

Although possibly less desirable than the ISO form 1997/09/02 08:51:34
(or something close to that), at least there is no confusion between
the month and day, as so often happens when you see a date like
02/09/1997, where Americans and Europeans disagree.  

Since I've lived on both continents, I avoid the problem by using
named, rather than numbered, months: 02-Sep-1997, a style that Digital
Equipment Corporation has been using for decades.

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