Intro

This article describes the international rules for time formats. The SAPUI5 time formatters will help you to comply with these rules.

Usage

Use time formatting if:

  • You need to display time based on the user’s locale settings.

Types

You can use three different  types of time formats: short, medium, and long. The formatting and order of the values differ based on the locale settings that have been configured in the browser.

Short

In short format, time is displayed to the user in hours and minutes only.

Formatting differences - Short format
Formatting differences - Short format

Medium

If you need to display the seconds, use the medium time format.

Formatting differences - Medium format
Formatting differences - Medium format

Long

If you need to display a time zone, use the long time format.

Formatting differences - Long format
Formatting differences - Long format

Guidelines

    • In general, use the short format.
    • Use the correct time format according to your language or locale settings.

 

  • If you have to display a time format as an object attribute, follow the formatting rules for the object header and object list item attribute.

 

Durations

If you need to display durations, show every number and unit of measurement according to the rules for units of measurement. (For example, use long text instead of ISO codes or abbreviations.)

Do
Use long text to display durations
Use long text to display durations
Don't
Do not use abbreviations when durations have to be displayed
Do not use abbreviations when durations have to be displayed

Time Intervals

If you need to display time intervals, use “–” as a delimiter between the times.

Example of how to display time intervals
Example of how to display time intervals

Resources

Want to dive deeper? Follow the links below to find out more about related controls, the SAPUI5 implementation, and the visual design.

Elements and Controls

Implementation