- Prevent users from misinterpreting the meaning of a date.
- Simplify the comprehension and reuse of the relevant content.
- Make sure the month is written in full ("December") or abbreviated ("Dec"), but not in numerical format.
- Indicate the 4 digits of the year.
This requirement must be included in content management systems where dates are automated.
Identify the pages with dates, and for each of the dates found:
- Check that the month is indicated in letters (full or abbreviated), not in a numerical format.
- Check that the year is indicated as four digits and not two.
The dates to be entered by the end user in the forms are not affected by this best practice: their format, whatever it is, is considered to be sufficiently explicit, as long as the entry is made via a datepicker or manually but with an indication of the expected format (of the "DD/MM/YY" type).
Business application and benefits
The rules should be applied to your projects from the design phase through to post-implementation , and they should be understood by all professionals with web and customer experience (CX) responsibilities: from strategy to operations, marketers to project managers, and editorial to technical staff. The benefits of using this ruleset are numerous, including improving customer satisfaction, web performance, and e-commerce, and expanding your client base, while also decreasing your errors and costs.
The objective of these rules and the Opquast community mission is ‘making the web better’ for your customers and for everyone! Opquast rules cover the key major areas of risk that can negatively affect website users such as privacy, ecodesign, accessibility and security.