􀀂􀀟􀀍􀀄 􀀂􀀘􀀇 Cistercian numerals are good for dates

Cistercian numerals are really good for writing date/time stamps.

Here’s an example datestamp for the date of this post:

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Each single character can hold four decimal digits, meaning one character for the year, one character for the month and day, one character for the hour and minute. You could add a fourth character for to account for time down to the 100th of a second, but this is not typically needed in practice.

Cistercian numerals dating an entry in my journal Cistercian numerals dating an entry in my sketchbook Cistercian numerals on the spine of a book Cistercian numerals on tabs in a binder of multiple notebooks

I keep an index card of the numerals in my journal to remember which is which, although at this point I don’t need to reference it any more.

Index card with the Cistercian numerals for 0-9

I’ve also made use of this digitally. On the Disquisition research page, I use Cistercian numerals to show the dates of each post, and include a checkbox for a decimal date label for them.

The Disquisition research page without decimal date labels The Disquisition research page with decimal date labels

You can do the same on any Hugo site, including with the decimal date annotations, by using my hugo-theme-cistercian utility theme.


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