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10.4: Make 24-hour time work in iCal
Authored by: pettri on Jun 29, '05 10:28:00AM

Any change from standard settings will result in the 'custom' setting.

Date or Time settings can be set to whatever you want in the 'International' preference pane. There are however a few 'gotcha's' in Tiger to be aware of.

In relation to the time formats, some apps seem to use the 'Short' format and some the 'Medium' format.

One big gotcha / bug I have found with tiger [including 10.4.1] is that you must set the various formats in Short, Medium, Long and Full formats in EXACTLY that order. Once you get the 'longest' format you wish to customise CLOSE the prefPane immediately to 'lock' in your settings.

I have found the even going back and 'looking' at a 'smaller' format can sometimes cause all your custom settings to 'get lost.'

Anyone else out there noticed this 'bug'.

Have a Great day!

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10.4: Make 24-hour time work in iCal
Authored by: afranz on Jun 29, '05 11:07:38AM

yes, I can confirm this, I changed the medium time format to show the date and time in the menu clock, but that resets the other settings. You need to modify ALL of them to make the change stick.

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10.4: Make 24-hour time work in iCal
Authored by: moritzh on Jun 29, '05 12:55:10PM

Yes, you are right. You need to modify all settings to make them stick. Not sure if you need to edit them in exactly that order, though.

The International Preferences in Tiger are a big pain in the a**, really. It's one of the most annoying things I have seen. Example: You cannot customize the way you want your numbers formatted independently from the other settings anymore. E.g. I like to see "one thousand two hundred thirty four and a half" to be displayed as 1'234.5. To get this, you must select a region which uses this number format, in my case Switzerland. But, by selecting Switzerland, the days of the week etc. are automatically displayed in German althought my language is set to English. Similarly, be selecting, say, United States as the region, you get the weekdays in English, but the number format doesn't match my preferences, and there is no way to change it.

It's so sad that they have some mighty functionality built in, but that a really, really crappy GUI breaks everything. I knwo, I could probably dig around in some plist files, but I think this shouldn't be and really wonder sometimes how much testing they do until they release such tools...

Already files a bug report about this with Apple.

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