**Author:** `gnygaard`

**Description:**

This is a problem involving signs of numbers, with a major mistake in

implementation.

<nowiki>[[15 March]] [[44 BC]] </nowiki> ([[15 March]] [[44 BC]]) displays as

-0043-03-15 (correct) and 15 March 44 BC (correct)

<nowiki>[[-0044-03-15]] </nowiki> ([[-0044-03-15]]) displays as -0044-03-15

(correct) and 15 March 43 BC (incorrect, should be 15 March 45 BC).

When BC dates are converted to negative numbers, you need to subtract one from

the [[absolute value]] of the BC date. Don't convert to 44 BC to a negative

number -44 and then subtract one. The year 44 BC corresponds to -43, not to

-45. The year -44 (-0044) corresponds to 45 BC, not 43 BC. If you get lost,

just go back to the beginning and figure out that zero is 1 BC, -1 is 2 BC, etc.

This has been discussed a long time ago on [[Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style

(dates and numbers)]]

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