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I'm running a script to take some screenshots every hour or so and I want to append the date/time to the file name. However, Windows won't allow characters like ":" and "/" so I'm a bit stuck. Surely this must be a basic piece of functionality?

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guinness

Of be creative and use a UNIX timestamp appended to the end of the filename.

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@Hour & '_' & @mday & '_' & @etc...

Great thanks! I knew it had to be something simple enough. I was looking at substrings and string arrays and thought it was far too complex for something so simple.

Of be creative and use a UNIX timestamp appended to the end of the filename.

That's a good idea, but I'd rather have it in Day/Month/Year format as the people reading the files won't be computer literate and would rather have an immediately recognisable format.

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That's a good idea, but I'd rather have it in Day/Month/Year format as the people reading the files won't be computer literate and would rather have an immediately recognisable format.

What if they're used to MM/DD/YYYY? Don't get me wrong, I prefer your choice, but perhaps you should base the format on the user's locale settings.

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Mechaflash

For readability, mmddyyyy_hhmm

For calculation, yyyymmddhhmmss


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Melba23

Mechaflash,

For readability, mmddyyyy_hhmm

You are joking, I hope! :o

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I've never understood why people use the format mm/dd/yyyy (months days years)

To me it's the same as having mm:ss:hh (minutes seconds hours)

I'll have it either descending or ascending in logical units, but mixing them up seems weird to me.


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I've never understood why people use the format mm/dd/yyyy (months days years)

You mean DD/MM/YYYY is better? It depends on your country.

And because of that SHIT, I write dates with the month in letters on this forum.

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Mechaflash,

You are joking, I hope! :o

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What? ;)


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You mean DD/MM/YYYY is better? It depends on your country.

And because of that SHIT, I write dates with the month in letters on this forum.

I don't see how what country you live in would make a difference personally.

Taking the smallest unit and putting it in the middle of two others is barmy however far you travel.


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I don't see how what country you live in would make a difference personally.

Taking the smallest unit and putting it in the middle of two others is barmy however far you travel.

True... logically unsound... however such as the U.S., all dates are written in mm/dd/yyyy format.


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I don't see how what country you live in would make a difference personally.

I see one.

MM/DD/YYYY

02/04/2013

DD/MM/YYYY

04/02/2013

If you don't know the date format, how can you know if it's the April 4th or the Feb 2nd ? Even worth if the year is written with two digits.


 

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however such as the U.S., all dates are written in mm/dd/yyyy format.

Hardly, which opens a useless avenue for severe errors. Moreover, you also need to know where the string originated from.

Look by yourself: even FireFox just mixed things up while pointing out how easy it was to mix things up!


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What if they're used to MM/DD/YYYY? Don't get me wrong, I prefer your choice, but perhaps you should base the format on the user's locale settings.

It's only between me and a couple of other users so I don't really need to worry about locale settings.

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Mechaflash

Hardly, which opens a useless avenue for severe errors. Moreover, you also need to know where the string originated from.

Look by yourself: even FireFox just mixed things up while pointing out how easy it was to mix things up!

Now you understand he requested the formatting for a User... not a programmer... and given it's not technical personnel either, using a date format that they are used to seeing and using on a daily basis is what should be used.

And hardly what? Hardly dates in the U.S. are represented as mm/dd/yyyy?


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“Hello, ladies, look at your man, now back to me, now back at your man, now back to me. Sadly, he isn’t me, but if he stopped using ladies scented body wash and switched to Old Spice, he could smell like he’s me. Look down, back up, where are you? You’re on a boat with the man your man could smell like. What’s in your hand, back at me. I have it, it’s an oyster with two tickets to that thing you love. Look again, the tickets are now diamonds. Anything is possible when your man smells like Old Spice and not a lady. I’m on a horse.”

 

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Hardly all


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Mechaflash

Screw it, format it like dmyyhmsmysydmh

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I am from the US and find it an issue when not knowing where the original date came from. I have messed up a few times when looking at dates when there it is less then 12, once the number passes 12 I can read the date format - no problem. But since I deal with countries outside of US - I find it hard.

I wish that two things in the world would change - or US would agree to match the rest of the world - both in time stamps and measuring lengths and liquids. Really WHY does America have to be different from the rest of the world - I think it was Jimmy Carter who tried to change it back in the day, but it never caught on. I do not use Metric, as everything here is based on inches. But for Math it is a lot easier to deal with 10s then 12s.

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If everyone used the ISO8601 date format it wouldn't be an issue, but practically no person does for day to day usage.

And even if they use the same format such as Year then Month then Day, they separate them differently from country to country.


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