Last night I wrote a little function that tries to show dates cleverly by comparing the date with todays date, it formats the date differently.
If the date is today is just says "Today 10:00" and for yesterday it says "Yesterday 10:00". If it's within a week it shows is like this "Thursday 10:00". If the date is older than about 30 days it skips the time part and just shows "13-May 2005" and if anything else (ie. > 7 and < 30 days) it shows the whole thing like this "13-Oct 2005 10:00".
What do you think about this? ...from a usability/accessability point of view. One counter argument I have against this is that if you print off a page where it says "Today 12:22" and leave that printed paper for a few days, what "Today" means will change.
To demonstrate it, I've put together a little demo page so that you can get a feel for how it works. Please let me know what you think.Follow @peterbe on Twitter