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Long format: d mmmm yyyy or mmmm dd, yyyy (Day first, full month name, and year or first full month name, day, and year, in left-to-right writing direction) in Afar, French and Somali and (Day first, month number and year in right-to-left writing direction) format in Arabic language.
Long format: D MMMM YYYY (Day first, full month name, and year in left-to-right writing direction) for Bilen, English, Tigre and Tigrinya, Since 1996-05-01, the international format yyyy-mm-dd has become the official standard date format, but the handwritten form d. Standardisation applies to all applications in the scope of the standard including uses in government, education, engineering and sciences. The number of the month is usually written with Arabic numerals but it also can be written with Roman numerals, or the month's full name can be written out, the first letter not being capitalised. In India, the DD-MM-YY is the predominant short form of the numeric date usage.
Short format: dd/mm/yyyy (Day first, month number and year in left-to-right writing direction) in Afar, French and Somali ("d/m/yy" is a common alternative).
Gregorian dates follow the same rules but tend to be written in the format (Day first, month number, and year in right-to-left writing direction) in Arabic language.
Using localised date formats causes ambiguity when a date is interpreted differently by individuals in different parts of the world.
For the international standard, which should be used whenever a written date might be viewed by individuals from more than just one country, see ISO_8601.
In Malaysian English, however, the American-style MDY is also sometimes used, including e.g.
the country's local edition of the Daily Express, Free Malaysia Today, Malaysia Outlook, The Borneo Post, The Edge and The Malay Mail.
Since 2006, the old format (d)d.(m)m.(yy)yy is allowed again as alternative to the yyyy-mm-dd format in areas where there is no risk of ambiguation. (Day first, month number, and year in right-to-left writing direction) format in N'ko language. Almost all government documents need to be filled up in the DD-MM-YYYY format.