#21989 closed Bug (fixed)

AU locale has incorrect Day Of Week

Reported by: russellm Owned by: Saidin7979
Component: Internationalization Version: 1.6
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: yes UI/UX: no


The newly added AU locale sets FIRST_DAY_OF_WEEK to Monday. FIRST_DAY_OF_WEEK is primarily used to render calendars, and calendars in AU almost universally start weeks with Sunday.

Opening this as a ticket rather than just fixing it because of the inevitable backlash.

Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 20 months ago by anonymous

In my experience (state of Victoria), calendars are usually printed with Monday as the first column.

comment:2 Changed 20 months ago by russellm

Well, I can't say that's been my experience.

I present as evidence:

The data I can find to supporting Australia using Monday as the first day of the week are:

  • The fact that Australia is officially a signatory/adopter to ISO 8601 (as AS ISO 8601-2007) which mandates Monday as start of week.
  • Occasional vox pop opinions calling for Monday because it's more convenient or "less religious".
  • Some Apple support forums where people are asking how to set monday as first day of the week in Australia
  • One calendar in my house - however, "week starting Monday" was a specific purchase requirement (on advice from a school psychologist).

comment:3 Changed 19 months ago by Saidin7979

  • Owner changed from nobody to Saidin7979
  • Status changed from new to assigned

comment:4 Changed 19 months ago by Saidin7979

Pull Request: https://github.com/django/django/pull/2430

ISO 8601 does say Monday is the start of the week for Australia, but if you decide you would like to have it be Sunday, here is a pull request for that.

comment:5 Changed 19 months ago by Russell Keith-Magee <russell@…>

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from assigned to closed

In bb2c58c70133b3a03437e7d45510b062cb31b36c:

Merge pull request #2430 from NathanRSmith/ticket_21989

Fixed #21989 - Modified first day of week in AU locale.

Although Australia is a signatory to ISO 8601, there's a lot of evidence to suggest that this is in the same category as "officially, the USA uses metric". See the ticket for supporting details.

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