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Translator's Special Holiday 10-10-10

- The 10th of October, 2010 is a special day for translators because no matter which country you are from, this date is written as 10/10/10.

Date formats may seem insignificant but translators have to carefully verify that all dates are localized properly because a mistranslated date could cause a major disaster for their clients - such as missed deadlines, out of date stock or voided checks.

At Communicaid, date format is only one of the many details we check for when we localize your message. Our native linguists carefully edit and proofread your document to ensure not only is the text translated accurately, but the dates, units and measurements are localized appropriately as well.

Here are some facts about date formats around the world that I would like to share with you:

-Most countries write the date as day/month/year.
-In the USA the date is written as month/day/year.
-In Japan and China, the date is traditionally written as year/month/day.
-In several countries (see map below) two different formats are used.
-Canada is the only country where all three formats are acceptable.


     dd-mm-yyyy and yyyy-mm-dd
     dd-mm-yyyy, mm-dd-yyyy, and yyyy-mm-dd
     mm-dd-yyyy and dd-mm-yyyy