I do not believe there is a standard way to type a headstamp on line. No single way is satisfactory in my view. If a headstamp is teo position, 12 O’Clock and 6 O’Clock, then it is easy - the 12 O’Clock position should be typed first and then the lower position - examples:
“11 64” Geco 9 m/m WRA 9mm LUGER
With standard German WWII headstamps, the logical way is to start at 12 O’Clock, where the factory designator always is (again - I said STANDARD headstamps). Example: faa St+ 2 44.
This works even if the headstamp is not in the usual order, which sometimes they are not. For example: aux 2 44 St+. In this case the St+ marking is at the 9 O’Clock Poisition instead of the usual 3 O’Clock position.
NOTE: I am making these headstamps up as I go along. They do not necessarily represent actual headstamps by any single piece or multiple pieces of the information shown, but they do represent formats that are found on cartridges.
Where I differ from the Clockwise system of typing a headstamp is when it can confuse things.
Dates where one number appears at 9 O’Clock and another at 3 O’Clock are good examples. I would type that, for example, as “5 Geco 6 9mm” which shows the date to be 1956 and with the digits in the order the eye recognizes on the headstamp. Typed clockwise, the headstamp would read: “Geco 6 9mm 5” and would immediately confuse many people, as the eye would record the date as 1965 instead of the correct 1956,.
These are just examples. For my own use, I always type a headstamp in what seems to me to be the most logical and clear order that I can, recognizing that I may go back to that note 10 years after I originally typed it, and perhaps still not have the cartridge in my colletion.
Of course, everyone does it the way that is clearest for them or pleases them the most. It is not hard science written in stone, and many may disagree with my dispensing with uniformity in an attempt to gain clarity.