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Transform Your Representation of Dates, Currencies, Weights, and Measures

A great deal of confusion can arise if special care is not taken here. For example, the date format 1/3/01 can mean either March 1, 2001, or January 3, 2001, depending on whether dates are represented as day/month/year or month/day/year. In cases like this, it is better to spell out the name of the month so that there is no room for ambiguity.

Time zones add more complexity to sites if you are executing time-sensitive functions and updates. Most contact databases do not track the time zone of the resident. If a site allows people to schedule appointments with someone in another time zone, the invitation should account for both participants' time zones.


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