Months and Days Sample files



This file is designed to demonstrate a typical cross-lingual information retrieval (CLIR) application. The sample file has group names for all the months in English arranged in chronological order, obviously you are unlikely to want to sort the month names alphabetically, so the months have been prefixed with numbers and letters 1-9, A-C ( so that if the sort button was clicked accidentally or deliberately, they get sorted numerically to match the chronological order. When you use this file with dtSearch, you will be able to search for a month in any of over 20 languages* and will find documents referring to that month in any of those languages.


A problem to be aware of is that if you are searching for month 11, November in English, documents that are returned containing listopad will be correct for Polish, Czech, and archaic Slovene (the Cyrillic equivalent is лістапада in Belarusian, листопаді in Ukrainian) but in Croatian be aware that listopad is the month of October.  A similar problem exists with month 12 - December, the word prosinec (Czech) or prosinac (Croatian) refers to December, but prosinec may be found referring to the month of January in some archaic Slovene documents.  


Finally note the similar words sierpień (Polish) and srpen (Czech) is month 8 – August, but srpanj is July in Croatian and veliki srpan (“large sickle”) is August and mali srpan (“small sickle”) is July in archaic Slovene.








Days of the week in over 20 languages**. In a similar fashion to the Months file, the days of the week have been prefixed with numbers so that they will sorted correctly, in addition they have been prefixed with a zero so that they will appear in order if you merge the file with the Months sample file. The order is in accordance with international standard ISO 8601 with Monday as the first day of the week, however many countries such as the USA still have their calendars refer to Sunday as the first day of the week. You can Rename the list to suit the order and language you prefer.



* Languages : Arabic, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greece, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Welsh. (Note: for Chinese and Japanese the month name is a 'numbered month' in traditional Chinese; for Arabic there are variants for names as used in Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Sudan, Syria).


** Languages : Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finish, French, Galacian, Georgian, German, Greek.


For further details on searching dates in other languages see