[whatwg] internationalization/localization

Jim Ley jim.ley at gmail.com
Wed Jun 30 08:37:24 PDT 2004

On Wed, 30 Jun 2004 15:27:52 +0000 (UTC), Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> On Wed, 30 Jun 2004, Jim Ley wrote:
> >
> > Well I've yet to see the use cases that can't be resolved without the
> > need to submit UTC.
> I've given several; one is booking a phone conference on an international
> telephone conferencing bridge. You can't just give a time in that context
> without saying what that time means.

Which is trivially solved everywhere, by asking for a time in the
context of UTC, often with help saying what the equivalent times are
in various timezones, this isn't a problem that I've seen need

> > Since the whole point of this is to be backwards compatible, we can't
> > just leave it to UA's since there's no way to do this in legacy browsers
> > - and we'll lose backwards compatibility.
> Again, whatever server-side solution you use for the timezone-less
> solution you are advocating would be the one to use for the legacy case
> where the user's input didn't include a time zone specifier.

It's not a server side solution in use today, it's a client-side
solution, the questions have to be asked differently, you can't ask
the same question unless you require the users to enter in UTC, which
I hope you'll agree is ridiculous.

Does anyone else think UTC submission is a good thing that they'll use
regularly other than Hixie?


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