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Formatting & reading data
Cultural issues
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The date at the top of the slide is ambiguous in three ways. This is a bad way to generate dates for a page - it is better to use a name for the month (or, in some specialized cases, you may be able to use a four-digit year and the order year, month then day).
Note also how the expected separators, leading zeros, etc vary from culture to culture.
The biggest issue, however, is not displaying the date correctly, but recognizing a date supplied by a user if you haven't adequately signposted the order or format in which you expect to receive data. You need to make sure that your expectations are clear if you want to stand any chance of recognizing what the user is typing in.