Why not use dates instead of days to specify when events are held?

Question: If you are going to publish on the Web, you have to realize people from out of town will check in to see what is going on and they will want to know WHEN concerts, fights, debates, etc. are planned.

So when is this Mozart concert? Tuesday and Wednsday -- but which week? The dateline is the 15th, and the story says next week. But those of us who travel and plan ahead have learned that datelines are often interactive and updated daily, and old stories don't always get sent to the cyberspace black hole in a timely manner. So When is this Mozart Concert... The 13th and 14th or the 20th and 21st of July?

Answer: Associated Press style calls for us to use a day of the week when the event is within the coming week. Beyond that, it says to use dates. So the story -- which was published in today's print edition -- did conform to AP style. So the short answer is that the concerts are on the 20th and 21st.

You make a good point, however, that stories on the Web don't always indicate an accurate print publication date, and therefore make it difficult to establish when an event will occur. I mentioned this our the editor of our InLife section, and she agreed that we should try to include dates when practical in the print edition. The stories themselves are transferred from print to online in an automated process, so that change would need to occur in print. -- Ken Sands, managing editor of online and new media

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