[LEAPSECS] Lets get REAL about time.
Clive D.W. Feather
clive at davros.org
Tue Jan 24 09:22:38 EST 2012
Keith Winstein said:
> Hmm, in practice I think the plan to simply fail with an error is
> going to be a non-starter. Plenty of applications need to record dates
> more than six months in the future; e.g. in a calendar program, the
> user will want to schedule a meeting for August 1, 2012, from 9 a.m.
> EDT to 10 a.m. EDT.
Actually, let's suppose it was March, not August. The user probably wants
to schedule a meeting for 26th March 2013, 09:00 ET to 10:00 ET.
Now the user doesn't care at this point whether ET is EST or EDT. If the
changeover date changes between now and then, they want the appointment to
> The program will want to do all the normal things
> -- calculate the duration of the meeting, how far in the future it is
> (so it can put it in sorted order along with the other events of that
> day), etc.
Right. And they want all the ET events sorted by ET, irrespective of
whether "daylight saving time" is in effect or not.
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