The traditional all-numeric form of writing Gregorian dates in German is the little-endian day.order, using a dot on the line (period or full stop) as the separator (e.g., “” or “15.4.74”).Years could be written with two or four digits; the century was sometimes seen being replaced by an apostrophe: “31.12.’91”; however, two-digit years are generally deprecated after the Millennium.
The traditional representation with a dot remains in widespread use, however, and in this format leading zeros are generally omitted from the hours; additionally, the literal string “Uhr” is frequently added – e.g. Just as with the date format, leading zeros appear to be less commonly used in Germany than in Austria and Switzerland although the Austrian Standard ÖNORM recommends the zero for table-form dates only – such as Abfahrt Uhr – and not for running text., especially for formal announcements and exact points in time.These conventions have been widely adhered to by German calendar publishers since then.Week numbers are prominently printed in calendars and are widely used in the business world.As a European Norm, CEN and CENELEC member states are obligated to adopt the standard as national standard without alterations as well. YYYY format is used with dots as separators and with leading zeros.Except for Austria, Germany and Switzerland, see the navigation box on the bottom to find individual articles per country. Some, such as Lithuania, have adopted the ISO-8601 "YYYY-MM-DD"; previously a mixed standard with ISO-8601 order but dots as separators was in use.