To the Coda Team and my dear friends over the pond:
While there is a lot to love about the USA:
This formatting convention really is not one of them. I’m sorry to say it - but in this particular instance, not all cultures are created equal. Some are just inferior.
I do not mind that Coda is an American product, built by Americans in America. And that is why the default date format is what it is. I like America, a lot. But this bizarre date format just isn’t it.
Where I’m from (the rest of the planet) - 1kcal heats 1cm3 of water by 1°C. And our dates are formatted in a similarly logical and less archaic way. We start with the small units of time (most important to humans because they are more relevant to the present moment) before we move on to the bigger units of time:
I would like the ability to choose my own default date format for new columns, so that whenever I create one, my brain does not have to try to comprehend why my computer is all of a sudden telling me there are now 31 months in a year (that no one ever told me about), and only 12 days in every month. It’s an unnecessary cognitive load.
Being able to choose my own default column format would save me the bother of having to hastily change it to something (please, anything!) that I can actually read. A task that invariably leads to me having inconsistent date format choices throughout my entire Doc.
What can I say. The world of dating is very diverse, and there are many pretty formats to choose from. Sometimes I get excited and just choose something that looks good, thinking it’s only a bit of harmless fun. And it is, for a while. But it rarely ends up working out for the long term. I suppose you could say I have commitment issues.
I’m getting old now, and I just want to settle down. I feel like by this time, I should have a consistent, readable date that I can depend on. Just like you privileged folks - building your Docs in your ivory towers, in the land of the free - have now come to expect and (evidently) just take for granted. Sometimes it really feels like you are not even aware of my struggle.
Well I am here to tell YOU, that your total disregard for my date format preference is an affront to MY culture. Perhaps I should raise this with your Diversity and Inclusion Executive?
I am willing to compromise. If I wasn’t able to choose my own default setting, I would be equally happy if the one imposed was something more universal like:
That is the most fair. That’s the one the machines like to use. It naturally sorts filenames in ascending order. It’s beautiful, and logical. You could argue that it the most superior date format of all.
Although I do appreciate the need to cater for mere mortals (the No Coders) who are considerably less autistic in nature than the machines and myself. So I agree that the default needs to be something simpler minds can get their head around.
So please…why not let us choose?