SET DATE

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Purpose

Determine input and output date formats

Syntax

SET DATE [TO] AMERICAN | ANSI | BRITISH | DMY | FRENCH | GERMAN | ISO | ITALIAN | JAPAN | MDY | USA | YMD

See Also

CTOD(), DATE(), DMY(), DTOC(), DTOS(), DTOV(), MDY(), SET CENTURY, SET EPOCH, SET MARK, STOD(), VTOD()

Description

The SET DATE command specifies the input and output format for dates. The following summarizes the available date formats.

Date Format
AMERICAN (or MDY) mm/dd/yy
ANSI yy.mm.dd
BRITISH or FRENCH or (DMY) dd/mm/yy
GERMAN dd.mm.yy
ITALIAN dd-mm-yy
JAPAN or (YMD) yy/mm/dd
USA mm-dd-yy
ISO yyyy-mm-dd

If SET CENTURY is ON, then the years will be formatted with four digits, i.e. yyyy. The SET MARK command may be used to specify an alternate character to separate the parts of a date.

Example

set date german
use patrons index dates
seek ctod("01.01.98")
set century on
seek ctod("01.01.1998")