> Does anyone know of a free tool for canonization of dates (July 23,
> 2008/23-Jul-08...), numbers ("ten"/10) etc.?
I suggested to your colleague (Shachar Mirkin) last week that the UNIX date program does much of what you want, including localisation to non-English. The FSF (GNU) version being open source has source available that can be modified for additional features you need. But it isn't in Java.
If you're using a UNIX-based system (Linux, Mac OS X, AIX, SunOs) then you'll have this utility pre-installed though you should check the man page for specific features. The FSF/GNU web site at http://www.fsf.org/ is the place to start. Drill down to their FSF software directory and then look for shellutils (date is part of that collection).
If you're using Windows then you may want to install the Cygwin package so you can compile/install the software in that environment. Cygwin is, I believe, at http://www.cygwin.org/ and then follow the link for cygwin.
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