WeRelate:Suggestions/Format Date Field

Any time a page is saved, whether during GEDCOM upload or manual editing, it would be nice if WeRelate could try to parse the input given in date fields and force it into a preferred format presumably 9 Feb 1963, or similar, and converted any qualifiers into a preferred format. Thus all dates would have a single, consistent format, and it obviate the need for edits merely to clean up the date format. If the date cannot be parsed, and so the computer cannot tell what date is intended (say "winter of 1883"), then the user input string should be displayed verbatim in red. --Jrich 09:53, 10 November 2012 (EST)

I agree. In particular, just because the GEDCOM standard uses all caps for dates doesn't mean WeRelate has to upload them that way. I hate all caps so much (too much a vestige of 1970's computing, and the industry has come a long way since then) that I take the time to edit my GEDCOMs before uploading them and it is a step I would prefer to skip.--DataAnalyst 09:28, 11 November 2012 (EST)

All Caps is also a pet peeve for me. Seems I'm always changing to mixed case, including the "all lower case", e.e. cummings style. A standard would be extremely helpful.--SkippyG 16:40, 29 June 2017 (UTC)

While I agree that the basic format (DD MMM YYYY) should be standardized and non-conforming entries converted before they are accepted into the system, the issue of mixed letter case has some things to take into consideration. We currently allow the month abbreviation to be entered in any language, and many languages do not capitalize the first letter of month names or abbreviations at all.[1]
Since allowing all languages means that it is possible to have roughly 6,500 different abbreviations for each month entered, we had been discussing a proposal to change the abbreviations allowed to be those of the three official languages of the International Organization for Standardization, namely English, French and Russian. But, guess what ... of those three, only English uses a mixed letter case for months. French and Russian do not capitalize the first letter.
So, since we plan to continue to allow other languages and letter case does not have any effect on the searchability or functionality of the date value, it would seem that it doesn't make sense to restrict the use of letter case to a format that may not be correct in other allowable languages. --cos1776 19:31, 29 June 2017 (UTC)