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Invalid dates

The date that DISCO attributes to each document is derived from the information in the load file or the metadata found in the document's original file. Unfortunately, sometimes this information is incorrect or invalid, resulting in the document being displayed or sorted in the wrong order in DISCO.

An invalid date is:

  • Any date before 1/1/1980, since this date is often the result of a Y2K bug that stamped documents incorrectly
  • Any date that matches the date the load file was processed
  • Any date that is in the future
  • An incomplete date, such as MM/YYYY (the correct format is MM/DD/YYYY)
  • A blank date

How does DISCO handle invalid dates?

If any date field is invalid, we produce the date as blank. When creating a production, you can choose to leave the field blank or use 12/31/9999 to indicate that the document has an invalid date.

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