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When giving times and dates, such as for opening and closing times of attractions, restaurants and bars, use the following format.
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When giving times and dates, such as for opening and closing times of attractions, restaurants and bars, use the following formats:-
  
 
==Times==
 
==Times==
 
Use the 24 hour clock eg: '''10:30-17:00'''<br />
 
Use the 24 hour clock eg: '''10:30-17:00'''<br />
It can be assumed that times are given in the local timezone.
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It can be assumed that times are given for the local time zone.
  
In 24-hour format, always show minutes using a colon as the separator; eg: '''17:00,''' not 17.00 nor 17-00 and not just 17 and never 17:0.
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In 24-hour format, always show minutes using a colon as the separator; eg: '''17:00,''' not 17.00 nor 17-00 and not just 17 and never 17:0.<br />
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Where an establishment does not close on a particular day or range of days, instead of showing 00:00-24:00 you can write '''24 hours'''; if the establishment doesn't close all week: '''24/7'''
  
 
===AM/PM alternative===
 
===AM/PM alternative===
 
For articles about topics where the AM/PM system (or 12-hour format) is prevalent, the following format can be used as an alternative: 10:30AM-5PM.  
 
For articles about topics where the AM/PM system (or 12-hour format) is prevalent, the following format can be used as an alternative: 10:30AM-5PM.  
  
Choose to deviate from our 24 hour standard format only to follow predominant local usage. Ask yourself: which format will visitors see in newspapers, on shop doors, and on train schedules?
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Choose to deviate from our standard, 24 hour format only to follow predominant local usage. Ask yourself: which format will visitors see in newspapers, on shop doors, and on train schedules?
  
 
*In this alternative AM/PM system, use "noon" and "midnight", not 12AM and 12PM.
 
*In this alternative AM/PM system, use "noon" and "midnight", not 12AM and 12PM.
 
*In this alternative 12-hour format, minutes are not shown when not required, eg: 5PM, not 5:00PM.
 
*In this alternative 12-hour format, minutes are not shown when not required, eg: 5PM, not 5:00PM.
*Spaces and periods (fullstops) should be left out, eg: 10:30AM-5PM, not 10:30 A.M. – 5 P.M.
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*Spaces and periods (full stops) should be left out, eg: 10:30AM-5PM, not 10:30 A.M. – 5 P.M.
 
*Spaces should be left out for noon and midnight too, eg: 10AM-noon.
 
*Spaces should be left out for noon and midnight too, eg: 10AM-noon.
  
 
==Days of the week==
 
==Days of the week==
 
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Abbreviate to the minimum number of letters, ie: '''M Tu W Th F Sa Su'''.
Abbreviate to the minimum number of letters, i.e., M Tu W Th F Sa Su.
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Note:
 
Note:
*Spell out when it is part of a named day, e.g., Good Friday, Fat Tuesday.
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*Spell out when it is part of a named day, eg: Good Friday, Fat Tuesday.
 
*If it looks odd or ambiguous in a particular context, spell it out.
 
*If it looks odd or ambiguous in a particular context, spell it out.
*Spaces should be left out, e.g., M-F not M - F or M thru F.
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*Spaces should be left out, eg: M-F not M - F or M thru F.
*Leave the dash out for a pair of days, e.g., Sa Su not Sa-Su.
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*Leave the dash out for a pair of days, eg: Sa Su not Sa-Su.
*When combining days with time, put the days first, e.g., M-F 10AM-2PM rather than 10AM-2PM M-F.
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*When combining days with time, put the days first, e.g., M-F 10:00-14:00 rather than 10:00-14:00 M-F.
*For all seven days, use "daily". Do not use "every day" or "Su-Sa".
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*For all seven days, use "daily". Do not use "every day" or "Su-Sa".
  
 
==Dates==
 
==Dates==
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Use the date format of '''dd mm yyyy''', eg: 10 Jan 2003.
  
Use the date format of 10 Jan 2003.
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Abbreviate months to three letters, ie: '''Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec''', especially in listings, but
  
Abbreviate months to three letters, i.e., Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec.  
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* If it looks odd or ambiguous in a particular context, spell it out.  
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* Avoid using dates such as 10/1/03, 10-1-03 or 10/1/2003 as this can mean 10 Jan 2003 or 1 Oct 2003 to different people.
  
Avoid using dates such as 10/1/03, 10-1-03 or 10/1/2003 as this can mean 10 Jan 2003 or 1 Oct 2003 to different people.
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==Duration==
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* Year or years: '''yr'''
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* Week or weeks: '''wk'''
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* Hour or hours: '''hr'''
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* Minutes: '''min'''
  
 
==See also ==
 
==See also ==

Revision as of 08:28, 27 January 2013

When giving times and dates, such as for opening and closing times of attractions, restaurants and bars, use the following formats:-

Contents

Times

Use the 24 hour clock eg: 10:30-17:00
It can be assumed that times are given for the local time zone.

In 24-hour format, always show minutes using a colon as the separator; eg: 17:00, not 17.00 nor 17-00 and not just 17 and never 17:0.
Where an establishment does not close on a particular day or range of days, instead of showing 00:00-24:00 you can write 24 hours; if the establishment doesn't close all week: 24/7

AM/PM alternative

For articles about topics where the AM/PM system (or 12-hour format) is prevalent, the following format can be used as an alternative: 10:30AM-5PM.

Choose to deviate from our standard, 24 hour format only to follow predominant local usage. Ask yourself: which format will visitors see in newspapers, on shop doors, and on train schedules?

  • In this alternative AM/PM system, use "noon" and "midnight", not 12AM and 12PM.
  • In this alternative 12-hour format, minutes are not shown when not required, eg: 5PM, not 5:00PM.
  • Spaces and periods (full stops) should be left out, eg: 10:30AM-5PM, not 10:30 A.M. – 5 P.M.
  • Spaces should be left out for noon and midnight too, eg: 10AM-noon.

Days of the week

Abbreviate to the minimum number of letters, ie: M Tu W Th F Sa Su.

Note:

  • Spell out when it is part of a named day, eg: Good Friday, Fat Tuesday.
  • If it looks odd or ambiguous in a particular context, spell it out.
  • Spaces should be left out, eg: M-F not M - F or M thru F.
  • Leave the dash out for a pair of days, eg: Sa Su not Sa-Su.
  • When combining days with time, put the days first, e.g., M-F 10:00-14:00 rather than 10:00-14:00 M-F.
  • For all seven days, use "daily". Do not use "every day" or "Su-Sa".

Dates

Use the date format of dd mm yyyy, eg: 10 Jan 2003.

Abbreviate months to three letters, ie: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec, especially in listings, but

  • If it looks odd or ambiguous in a particular context, spell it out.
  • Avoid using dates such as 10/1/03, 10-1-03 or 10/1/2003 as this can mean 10 Jan 2003 or 1 Oct 2003 to different people.

Duration

  • Year or years: yr
  • Week or weeks: wk
  • Hour or hours: hr
  • Minutes: min

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