[LEAPSECS] Footnote about CCITT and UTC

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Fri Dec 12 14:47:31 EST 2008

In message <alpine.LSU.2.00.0812121835130.9624 at hermes-1.csi.cam.ac.uk>, Tony Fi
nch writes:

>ISO 8601-2004 cites ISO 31-1, and specifies several meanings for "day",

>one of which is equivalent to 86400 seconds.

Wonderful confusion.

It is insteresting that the militant 86400 second definition of
ISO-31-1 only got superseeded once somebody tried to make UTC
compliant with it :-)

But if nothing else, it underscores how little attention people
have paid to leap seconds...

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