Support ISO 8601 Date formatting for display of dates and times (and perhaps eventually entry?)

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    yaniv steiner

    i want to suggest another date format to add to the WF options: the most commonly used date format in the world - dd.mm.yyyy

    cheers :)

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    Steve

    Seconded. 2021-10-25 and 2021-W43 would answer all my date issues.

     

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    Elliott Edwards

    @yaniv - seems like another well-known/popular display format option, and a good idea. Cheers.

    @steve - Yeah, I would love a first class "week" representation as well, currently I simulate it with simple text, but 2021-W43 would immediately be useful to me. Thanks for the response.

    I have seen fairly recent workflowy dev posts that look like they are continuing to work on this area (datetime formatting), so maybe this will be added soon. I will remain hopeful and grateful for all the great stuff I currently get to use.

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    Mitch Aunger

    Oh my word how I wish for the ISO format you suggested as an option! 2021-11-29 is so desirable... so easy to read as opposed to the current long format (and I rarely care what day of the week it is)... so yes YES! A million times YES

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    Jong Seob Jeong

    In addition, the current date format is only underlined.

    It would be desirable if we had an option that the user can set with color, underline, bold, etc.

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    Zubin Henner

    i want to suggest another date format to add to the WF options: the most commonly used date format in the world - dd.mm.yyyy

    I'd love to see this. I'm not in the US and M/D/Y just isn't natural for me. 

    Not sure why it was downvoted though. Are folks concerned that it'd be confusing?

    I wonder if the setting could be inferred from the user's system locale. 

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    HI folks,

    We have this working internally already:

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    Jonathan March

    No 2022-10-03?
    Neither of the numerical formats shown above is internationally unambiguous

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Jonathan,

    We're not actively focusing on this right this minute... but when we do put it into Beta and announce in the Slack group, you'll have all the space in the world to suggest additions.

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    For those who'd like to join the Slack group:

    https://join.slack.com/t/workflowyusergroup/shared_invite/zt-s867uw4j-hxIqSvU7n6e7gXKwpjVWbw 

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    H James Lucas

    I’m getting this from Slack:

    This link is no longer active

    If you have an email address ending in @bloombergbeta.com or @workflowy.com, you can join this workspace using that address. Otherwise, you’ll need to ask for a new link.

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Goodness... not sure what's happening... I've just copied the link directly from Slack and it gives me the exact same one posted above.

    I'll create a ticket from your comment so that I can grab your email at the help desk and I will add your email to the invite field in Slack... sit tight...

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    David Blume

    Thanks for being so responsive, Frank. The "2022-10-03" is the ISO 8601 format that we're asking for in this ticket. That format in particular would be very helpful! We really hope you can add it.

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    Max Yakin Bozek

    Hi! I do agree that YYYY-MM-DD (2022-10-03) is the international consensus all around the world (except for the USA it seems), and is also the standard ISO format. Feels too weird that WorkFlowy would offer 7 different alternatives and non of them is the one we are most wanting and asking for "YYYY-MM-DD". 

    You might even separate the figures with a dash, a line, a bar, or a point, depending on each country. Short dash is the standard but the really important thing here is having the dates in the international standard format and order, starting with the four-digit year followed by the two-digit month, and at last the two digits date.

    Cheers!

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    Zubin Henner

    Agreed that YYYY-MM-DD is an ISO standard and should be supported. 👍

    Maybe this discussion belongs elsewhere, but I feel like the user's local format should also be supported (whether it's M/D/Y or D/M/Y). Both can't be supported simultaneously, of course, but the desired format could be inferred by system locale and/or defined in settings. 

    PS - I chimed in because I was surprised to see a comment suggesting this here downvoted to -1. 

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    David Blume

    Zubin, both of your non-ISO 8601 local formats look like they're already supported in the internal preview Frank shared above. I think you can stop asking.

    Also, I think downvotes might sometimes be applied for comments that detract from the request here: ISO 8601 format support: YYYY-MM-DD. Don't take it the wrong way. Additional formats are fine, but this issue won't be resolved without ISO 8601's YYYY-MM-DD.

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    > Feels too weird that WorkFlowy would offer 7 different alternatives and non of them is the one we are most wanting and asking for "YYYY-MM-DD". 

    This hasn't so much as come to beta yet. When it does, there will be plenty of room for discussion. Here and elsewhere. The team [developers] is not even necessarily aware of the existence of this thread. All in good timing.

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