Orbeon Forms prior to version 4.4 used to display full dates and times in the Summary page:
We didn’t like this because the resulting dates and times took a lot of precious space on screen.
One way to solve this is to indicate relative dates such as “3 hours ago”, “20 days ago”, or “1 year ago”.  But we don’t like this either because the resulting information is often rounded to the point of being meaningless.
Instead, we chose a very simple method inspired by applications such as Google Drive.  We use exactly 3 date and time formats:
- if the instant is at most one day in the past, show hours and minutes only
- if the year is the same as the current year, show the month and day only
- otherwise, show year, month and day in a compact format
The result is as follows:
These shorter dates present enough meaningful information and always in a compact way. Of course this remains a tradeoff: for example if you want to save a screenshot for further reference, it would better to have full dates and times. But for most common uses, we think this is a pretty good approach. Let us know what you think!
This change is available in Orbeon Forms 4.4 and newer.