I have an application that is sending an email to someone reminding them of an appointment.
What is the best way to display such a stand-alone date?
The reason I have such a question is because (as a developer/engineer) it is my training to want to have dates in 'bigendian' (YYYY-MM-DD) so they're easier to compare in a list. But I realize that when someone sees a data by itself, other psychological rules may apply. So in no particular order
- I feel like American style dates (MM/DD/YYYY) may be more comfortable for people to read.
- but 'Thu, Jan 6, 2011' will be more digestible (and more easily understandable as a particular date in the near future)
So of those three (or variations, or any others), which would be the least error-prone in readability?