European dating system
2/4/95, 4/2/95, 95/2/4, 4.2.1995, 04-FEB-1995, 4-February-1995, and many more.
Advantages of the ISO 8601 standard date notation compared to other commonly used variants: As dates will look a little bit strange anyway starting with 2000-01-01 (e.g.In this case, the Sunday of week 52 would be day number 3 52*7=367, i.e.only the last 367-365=2 days of the W52 reach into the next year and consequently, even a worst case year like 1999 has a week W52 including the days 1999-12-27 to 2000-01-02. Both day and year are useful units of structuring time, because the position of the sun on the sky, which influences our lives, is described by them.It is not intended as a replacement for language-dependent worded date notations such as “24.Dezember 2001” (German) or “February 4, 1995” (US English).
Note: The value 60 for ss might sometimes be needed during an inserted leap second in an atomic time scale like Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).