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What is Year 2000 Compliance?



G E. Fisher


There are numerous proposed and de facto definitions of year 2000 compliance, but each is different in one or more respects. Even though they attempt to describe some sort of order in the disorderliness of the marketplace, these differences in definition stem from individual perspectives and visualizations of the problem. In some cases, the differences come from simple misunderstanding of, or misconceptions about the technical terminology. In all cases, the definitions denote complexities that may or may not affect everyone. As a result, many organizations and users are questioning the effectiveness of the definitions and posing specific questions concerning year 2000 compliance. These questions are really about separable issues: 1) those concerning year 2000, and 2) those concerning other issues about date processing. This report attempts to answer questions in both areas.
What is Year 2000 Compliance?


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Fisher, G. (1998), What is Year 2000 Compliance?, What is Year 2000 Compliance? (Accessed June 15, 2024)


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Created December 1, 1998, Updated February 17, 2017