[NTG-context] questions regarding `\date`

Philipp Gesang pgesang at ix.urz.uni-heidelberg.de
Tue Aug 31 14:14:50 CEST 2010


On 2010-08-31 <13:41:06>, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
> On 08/31/2010 11:48 AM, Philipp Gesang wrote:
> >unfortunately I can only come up with a negative answer: I
> >skimmed the Bringhurst and although he does discuss date strings
> >with slashes as separators,
> 
> The Chicago manual (14ed) says that slashed/dotted dates are bad style
> and should be avoided and that one should use full month names instead.
> 
> Best wishes,
> Taco

That's what I prefer, too. Bringhurst (v.3.2, p. 81f.) only uses
the date as an example for the opposition virgule/solidus and
states that “[i]t is useful in dates [...] and in text where a
comma or parenthesis might otherwise have been used”. He does not
give general advice wrt typesetting of dates.

For the record, p. 406 of the TeXbook has this:

··8<············································································
\def\today{\ifcase\month\or
  January\or February\or March\or April\or May\or June\or
  July\or August\or September\or October\or November\or December\fi
  \space\number\day, \number\year}
··8<············································································

Ergo common spaces.

Philipp

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