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Be aware that if you use an incorrect format string, including any format specifiers not supported by the C library used in Wo W, you will get the error message, "format too long".
The error has nothing necessarily to do with the length of the format string; it is simply imprecise error wording in that version of Lua.
If you want your addon to be compatible with both systems, you should therefore not use date() without parameters, instead, use to display the date in the default Macintosh format.
Note that the default format returned when calling the date() function with no parameters will be different depending on whether the game is running on a Windows or a Macintosh computer.
The safest thing to do is refer to C89, or use a web-based tool like