One Response to Date management for the mashup project

  1. Michael –

    Time zone abbreviations in text format are very problematic. There are some abbreviations that refer to more than one time zone, and for a given time zone, the abbreviations themselves are localizable.

    For example, this page shows that our daylight savings time is referred to by at least the two abbreviations shown, and that EDT refers to an Australian time zone as well as ours:

    http://www.worldtimezone.com/wtz-names/wtz-edt.html

    So parsing a time zone abbreviation will never be 100% reliable unless your data set is guaranteed to fall within language and geographical bounds. This date/time stuff is *really* hairy. 😉

    – Keith

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