The recommended type to use for date sorting is the M column type. The support for M type date sorting support is built in including multiple language support and does not require any additional server installation.
How to know if the M column type is available on my Confluence
In the macro browser, search for the Table Plus macro and find the Column types parameter. If M is listed in the help text, then it is available for use.
User specified formats
On specifying a format string following the M column type, a specific date format can be handled. Construct the date format string from the set of format tokens.
Non-alphanumeric characters are ignored, so, for this example, both of the following are treated the same with the MM-DD-YYYY format:
Similarly, formats can be specified with or with non-alphanumeric separators. However, using separators helps with readability.
See the Moment.js documentation for further information.
|M, MM||Month Number (1 - 12)|
|MMM, MMMM||Month Name (In current language)|
|D, DD||Day of month|
|DDD, DDDD||Day of year|
|d, dd, ddd, dddd|
Day of week
The input for these tokens is ignored, as there are 4-5 weeks in a month, and it would be impossible to get the day of the month based off the day of the week.
|YY||2 digit year (if greater than 68, returns 1900's; else, 2000's)|
|YYYY||4 digit year|
|H, HH||24 hour time|
|h, hh||12 hour time (use in conjunction with a or A)|
|S||Deciseconds (1/10th of a second)|
|SS||Centiseconds (1/100th of a second)|
|SSS||Milliseconds (1/1000th of a second)|
|Z, ZZ||Timezone offset as |
Language support (i18n)
When the date format contains any other language words, the appropriate language must be indicated. English (US) is the default if nothing is specified. The language is specified by following the M with (language indicator) prior to the format string.
- M(de)YYYY-MMM-DD for a German date: 2013-Mrz-10
- M(fr) for a French date: Janv 10, 2013
Click the link, in the following list of languages supported by the Moment.js library, to get the details of the specific localization: