Template:Start date and age

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Usage[edit]

Syntax[edit]

Full syntax
{{Start date and age|yyyy|mm|dd|df=yes|br=yes}}
Common usage
{{Start date and age|yyyy|mm|dd}} to display result in March 4, 2010; 4 months ago format
{{Start date and age|yyyy|mm|dd|df=yes}} to display result in 4 March 2010; 4 months ago format
Description of parameters
Parameter Description
yyyy Four digits indicating the year. The year must always appear in a 4-digits form.
mm A number between 1 to 12, indicating the month. Leading zeros in the number are ignored.
dd A number between 1 to 31, indicating the day of the month. Leading zeros in the number are ignored.
df= The optional parameter df can either be set to yes or anything other than yes. When set to yes, date will be displayed in DMY format: 4 March 2010. When set something other than yes or when this parameter is not included, date will be displayed in MD,Y format: March 4, 2010.

As for choosing the right format to use, consult Manual of Style (dates and numbers): Full date formatting.

br= The optional parameter br can either be set to yes or anything other than yes. When set to yes, a line break will be inserted between the date and the age. When set something other than yes or when this parameter is not included, a breaking space will be inserted between the date and the age. In either case, a semicolon separates the date and age, immediately before the line break or space.

Examples[edit]

Syntax Result
Full date (year, month, day)
{{Start date and age|2010|01|02}}  2, 2010; ago (2010-01-02)
{{Start date and age|2008|08|09}}  9, 2008; ago (2008-08-09)
{{Start date and age|2003|07|05}}  5, 2003; ago (2003-07-05)
{{Start date and age|2010|1|2|df=yes}} 2  2010; ago (2010-01-02)
{{Start date and age|2008|8|9|df=yes}} 9  2008; ago (2008-08-09)
{{Start date and age|2003|7|5|df=yes}} 5  2003; ago (2003-07-05)
{{Start date and age|2009|9|9|br=yes}}  9, 2009;
ago
 (2009-09-09)
Today:
{{Start date and age|2019|1|14}}
 14, 2019; ago (2019-01-14)
Yesterday:
{{Start date and age|2019|1|13}}
 13, 2019; ago (2019-01-13)
Year and month
{{Start date and age|2002|03}}  2002; ago (2002-03)
{{Start date and age|2002|04}}  2002; ago (2002-04)
Year only
{{Start date and age|2002}} 2002; ago (2002)

Use in microformats[edit]

This template also returns the date, hidden by CSS, in the ISO 8601 format needed by one or more of the following microformats:

  • hAtom (class="updated")
  • hAudio (class="published")
  • hCalendar (class="dtstart")
  • hCard (class="bday")

usually, but not always, within infobox or similar templates, or tables.

Its use in hCard is for organisations, venues and similar; use {{Birth date}} or {{Birth date and age}} for people.

Similarly, {{End date}} returns the date as hCalendar's (class="dtend").

See the microformats project for further details.

Limitation[edit]

This template has no provision to deal with a date in a non-Gregorian calendar. Also, ISO 8601 requires mutual agreement among those exchanging information before using years outside the range 1583–9999 CE. Therefore, use of this template for non-Gregorian dates or dates outside that range constitutes a false claim of conformance to the ISO 8601 standard.

Any editor encountering such usage should change the date to plain text with no template; or if not confident in doing so, raise the matter on this template's talk page.

See also[edit]