At 10:20 PM +1000 12/24/09, Angus Mann wrote:
Hi all. I need to allow users to enter dates and times, and for a
so I can be absolutely sure the formatting is correct.
Some users are requesting to be able to type the entries themselves
so I've decided to allow this.
I'm in Australia, and the standard formatting of dates here is
DD/MM/YYYY or DD-MM-YYYY
I recognize this is different to what seems to happen in the US,
where it is MM/DD/YYYY or MM-DD-YYYY
When I process an entered date using strtotime() it seems to work fine.
But of course I am concerned when dates like January 2 come up.
I find that 2/1/2009 is interpreted as January 2, 2009 on my
installation, which is Windows 7 with location set to Australia.
But can I be sure that all installations of PHP, perhaps in
different countries and on different operating systems will
interpret dates the same?
I can't find much mention of this question online or in the manual.
Any help much appreciated.
You are running into a problem that cannot be solved by allowing the
user to do whatever they want. As you realize, if I enter 01-02-09
you don't know if I mean January 2, 2009 or February 1, 2009 and
there is no way to figure out what I meant.
The solution is simply to use the html <option> and give the user
that way to enter month and day.
I would set it to day-month-year and let US visitors live with it for
I personally think that's a better format.
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