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[Bug localedata/3768] en_GB should have am/pm representation
- From: "sourceware.org at stellar dot eclipse.co.uk" <sourceware-bugzilla at sourceware dot org>
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- Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 04:38:22 +0000
- Subject: [Bug localedata/3768] en_GB should have am/pm representation
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--- Comment #5 from Stroller <sourceware.org at stellar dot eclipse.co.uk> 2012-03-29 04:38:22 UTC ---
Jon Mitchell is totally correct in stating that the common time representation
here is 12-hour.
I spoke to someone on IRC a while back who therefore advised me to reopen this
bug. Sorry I've only just got around to doing so.
Although it is uncited, Wikipedia supports this:
"The 12-hour notation is still widely used in ordinary life, written
communication and displays, and continues to be used in spoken
language. The 24-hour notation is used in timetables and in some
We can find 12-hour usage on numerous British websites, government and
"The forum begins at 6.30pm and will finish no later than 8.30pm."
"This means as an adult worker, if you finish work at 8.00 pm on Monday
you should not start work until 7.00 am on Tuesday."
in Acts of Parliament:
"premises licences and club premises certificates granted by the
authority, and temporary event notices given to the authority, shall
not have effect to the extent that they authorise the sale of alcohol
between 3am and 6am,"
- Section 172A (2) (a) of
And in major newspapers:
Timestamps in this article - 5:22pm, 4:47pm, 4:38pm &c -
"He puts a first-time visor on the handicap debutant Parque Atlantico
in the last at Kempton tonight at 8.40pm."
"Most stressful time of day is 5.55pm. Bath time - or 7.15pm - was the
second most stressful point in a mum's day, with the kids' bedtime at
8.45pm coming third."
More examples: http://www.google.com/search?q=time%20am%20OR%20pm%20site:uk
The UK is the same as the US (and New Zealand, bug 2473) in this regard - if
the user is calling `date %r`, the user is explicitly requesting the date in
12-hour format (as per the manpage) and thus an AM or PM indicator is
necessitated. If the US LOCALE has AM and PM, so should the British.
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