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lucy24 - 5:00 am on Sep 7, 2012 (gmt 0)
I wonder what format they [Google] send to people living in countries that do not use the Gregorian calendar.
They may not use it in everyday life, but their computers do. Or, at least, their computers can translate.
Still: Google could have saved a lot of potential confusion by investing a few more bytes and saying "On 8 September 2012..." You'd have people objecting that they've got the date backward, but there wouldn't be any ambiguity about what date they mean.
Come to think of it: Did their text use the literal string "09/08" or "08/09"-- or did they send out one of those 16-digit numbers accompanied by a directive to the computer to put it into the user's OS-preferred format?
I just checked my system prefs. Along with the finicky stuff about exact date format, I've got a choice of eleven calendars. Gregorian, Buddhist, Islamic and so on. In fact there are two Islamic calendars and two Ethiopic ones. (There must have been some whopping disagreement there, because they differ by over 5000 years. The Islamic ones only differ by two days. Not days of the week, just calendar days.) And I can specify the first day of the week. I guess that's assuming my calendar of choice has a week.