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At 02:29 28/12/2014 +0000, Conly Honly Donly wrote:
A quick recap: I was looking for the YYYY.MM.DD format. The user inputs it as it looks, e.g. 2015.01.01. (LibreOffice Calc should recognise it as a date.)
Tools -> Options -> Language Settings -> Languages -> Date acceptance patterns
I don't know how this should be set. I tried YYYY.MM.DD. This did not work. (with the semicolon) I tried Y.M.D. This worked. (with the semicolon)
Format -> Cells -> Numbers -> Format code
I must use YYYY.MM.DD, not Y.M.D.

What led to this inconsistent format? I am interested in the technical reasons behind. I think that it will be consistent if a user is allowed to type the same YYYY.MM.DD format code in both places to get what she or he wants.

I'm guessing here, but surely there are different requirements in the two places? In the cell formatting, you are indicating exactly the format you require - so you are choosing the year to appear as YYYY, not YY, for example. But the acceptance pattern is more general: you are merely showing that you want year-dot-month-dot-day to be a format automatically interpreted as a date. With Y.M.D as an acceptance pattern, can you not enter the forthcoming New Year's Day (for example) as 2015.01.01, 2015.1.1, 15.01.01, and many other forms - but have all interpreted correctly and displayed in the cell itself in the cell's format - as 2015.01.01 in your case?

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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