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It has been pointed out that internationalization and localization are the ideal solutions. But what if you have no way of knowing the best locale for the user in question? There is also a 'grey area' where the date information is not very important for the users and it is better for the developer to have a quick solution so that s/he can concentrate ...


I don't think the question keeps UX in mind. The whole idea in UX is that a system lands itself to the users, and part of it is that users can interpret the interface (and its content). If in country X the common format is dd/mm/yyyy and in another mm/dd/yyyy, you should really support the locale instead of trying to find a catch-all solution. Consider ...

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