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Date localization function started in Drupal 7 is a big step forward. One can create new date types, date formats and can assign a date format to every date type in every language. However the process is not too user friendly and can be pretty much tedious and long when you have several languages.
So there are possibilities to improve this function. I try to describe some ideas.
1. The most comfortable thing would be that, if one could download localized date formats as part of the Drupal core localization. Drupal has default date formats for English, why couldn't we have defaults for other languages too? This way localization teams, who know it best, could set the right format. The site builder should not digg for the information and should not know php date format characters.
2. I think it is useful to have the choice of custom date types and formats. Now, in D7 we have separate tabs for types, formats and localization. I think it would be much more user friendly to have the choice to assign a new format to a type of a language in the same place. The process would be something like:
a) create a new date format (there should be more common way than php date characters – see for example –, or at least there should be a built in help...:o))
b) choose the language(s) where the new date format should be used (autocomplete field or language list)
c) choose the date type
This way one don't have to search again for the format she've just created (and maybe is almost the same like 10 other formats – seeand ). I let others now to draw the best GUI... :o)
These are my two cents, suggestions and notices are welcome.