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Date Vector/Number to ISO 8601 Date String



06 Dec 2011 (Updated )

Convert a Date Vector/Number to an ISO 8601 Date String. Tokens control the date/time notation.

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### Why This Function? ###

Easy conversion of a Date Vector or Serial Date Number to a DateString. The Date String contents are controlled by (optional) input token/s: the string may be an ISO 8601 timestamp or a single date/time value, and multiple tokens may be used to output multiple strings.

The ISO 8601 timestamp style options supported by this function are:
- Date in calendar, ordinal or week-numbering notation.
- Basic or extended format.
- Choice of date-time separator character.
- Full or lower precision (fewer trailing date/time units).
- Decimal fraction of the trailing unit (decimal places).

By default the function uses the current time and returns the basic ISO 8601 calendar timestamp: this is very useful for naming files that sort alphabetically into chronological order!

### Examples ###

Examples use the date+time described by the vector [1999,1,3,15,6,48.0568].

 ans = '19990103T150648'

 ans = '1999003_1506'

 ans = 'Saturday'

 ans = '1999-01-03T15:06:48'

[A,B,C,D] = datestr8601(clock,'ddd','mmmm','yyyy','*YWD')
sprintf('The %s of %s %s has the ISO week-date "%s".',A,B,C,D)
 ans = 'The 3rd of January 1999 has the ISO week-date "1998-W53-7".'

### ISO 8601 Date Notations ###

Timestamps are shown here in extended format with the default date-time separator character 'T'.

1) Calendar:
string: '1999-01-03T15:06:48'
token: '*ymdHMS'

2) Ordinal:
string: '1999-003T15:06:48'
token: '*ynHMS'

3) Week-numbering:
string: '1998-W53-7T15:06:48'
token: '*YWDHMS'

### Single Value Strings ###

# One date/time value per output string (note: can be concatenated afterwards).
# Consistent token syntax.
# Easily adapted to other languages.
# Single Values include: day of the year or days remaining in year; year quarter (3-month or 13-week); year; month as digit or name; day of week as digit or name; date of month; hour; minute; second; deci/centi/milliseconds.

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MATLAB release MATLAB 7.11 (R2010b)
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06 Dec 2011

Some corrections to Description field and Mfile help comments.

08 Dec 2011

Added Ordinal Date style, and format control.

04 Jan 2012

- Now accepts Date Number OR Date Vector.
- Now accepts multiple input Tokens (to provide multiple output Strings).
- Add 13-week year-quarter token.
- Improve help documentation.

06 Jan 2012

Add default time (current time).
Add default token 'BymdHMS'.
Add ordinal date with suffix, eg '3rd'.

13 Feb 2012

- Add day-of-week (as a number) and year (week-date) tokens.
- Examples that better illustrate the ISO 8601 week date.
- Change token syntax (for consistency with calendar / week-date year-type).

24 Aug 2012

- Help improved to better contrast calendar vs week-numbering dates.
- Remove basic format prefix 'B', and add extended format prefix '*' (logical, easier to read and search for).
- Test function string can be displayed directly in command window.

10 Dec 2012

- Fix bug in Midnight/AM/Noon/PM calculation.
- More examples.

18 Dec 2012

- Allow 'F' (millisecond) in 8601 timestamp tokens.

25 Feb 2013

ISO 8601 dates/timestamps:
- Allow decimal fraction of any trailing unit (decimal places).
- Allow choice of any date-time separator character.

11 Mar 2013

- Disallow period '.' as date-time separator character.

24 Jun 2013

- Removed 'F' from ISO 8601 timestamps: please use decimal fraction instead.
- Complete list of date-time separator exclusions.
- Improve examples.
- Simpler Midnight/AM/Noon/PM calculation.

10 Mar 2014

- Improve token input checking and error messages.
- Restrict date-time separator character to ' ','T','@','_'.
- Add ordinals for Day of Year (required token format change).

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