I have gone through the Discussion pages, searching on Date Format, and haven't found the issue I'm trying to deal with...so I'm posting it here in the hopes that one of the wiser heads has seen the problem before and has dealt with it.
The problem is my desired date format is not supported. I use the (what I believed to be the world-standard) format YYYY.MM.DD for most of my records and it works very well with no language/translation issues and very few (if any) comprehension issues. The information is displayed in order of importance - most important factor (the Year) listed first, followed by the Month and then the actual Day. Using that format with Root Magic is a different story.
In most instances I can actually enter the date in my desired format and RM will accept it....except when it doesn't. July seems to be the sore spot for RM. Input of 1986.07.23 yields a RM display of 1986/Jul. And in a couple of cases, RM has taken my input and changed the century on me....a full YYYY/MM/DD formated date in the 1800's became a YY/MM date in the 2000's! The way that RM
butchers corrects my dates doesn't seem to be related in any way to the limited format options listed in the Tools/File Options/Date Format.
So, my question(s) are:
- is there some way to set an option in RM so it will simply accept what is typed?
- failing that, is there some way that I can get the RM folks to consider a better standard for dates than the ones they currently offer?
Any advice or guidance would be appreciated.