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On Fri, 31 Jul 2020 23:28:54 +0200
Johnny Rosenberg <> wrote:

Den fre 31 juli 2020 kl 20:57 skrev John Kaufmann <>:

For many years my filing has used a kind of 'modified-ISO' 12-digit
date/time pattern: YYYY-MMDD-HHmm. Advantages are that it is
compact, easily read, sorts and is a valid filename string in all

        Writer has very flexible field formats, giving the option to
format Date fields as YYYY-MMDD, Time fields as HHmm, and either
Date or Time fields as YYYY-MMDD-HHmm -- so it has everything I
want, with complete flexibility to format as needed.

        Calc appears to be not flexible, but seems to use strict ISO
formatting for Date (YYYY-MM-DD) and Time (HH:mm:ss) fields. /Within
cells/, of course, there is flexibility to format Date and Time as

        Draw also appears to be not flexible, but uses /different/
formatting for Date (MM/DD/YYYY) and Time (HH:mm:ss AM|PM). This
seems to be the worst of all possible choices, because the formats
are neither strict ISO nor as I would like.

Which language settings do you have? I'm Swedish and in draw I can
choose between the following date formats when inserting a date field:
YYYY-DD-MM (default)
NN "den" D MMM YY

When inserting a time field I have the following options:
HH:mm:ss (default)
HH:mm:ss AM/PM
HH:mm:ss,00 AM/PM

It's not total freedom, but at least the ISO formats are there.

I agree though that it's strange that fields don't work the same over
the whole suite. Seems like someone unnecessarily re-invented the
wheel, and did that more than onceā€¦

I agree with those sentiments. I'm in the UK and Draw doesn't offer me
any choices I'm interested in, so I simply won't use it - it's not fit
for purpose IMHO. Why can't I use the same formats as you?

I've heard, but not experienced, that a Danish locale may be quite
useful, if the urge to use the program is stronger than common sense.

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