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Re: Feedback sought on timezone header for HTTP

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2011 19:38:57 +0100
Message-ID: <4EDE6141.3020206@gmx.de>
To: Matthew Fenelon <matthew@huddle.com>
CC: "ietf-http-wg@w3.org" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
On 2011-12-06 18:14, Matthew Fenelon wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'm considering putting together an Internet-Draft for adding timezone headers to HTTP and I'd like to elicit feedback from yourselves (the HTTPWG) before I go any further.
>
> There has been previous discussion about adding support for timezones to HTTP, e.g. http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-sharhalakis-httptz. The last update to that draft was (almost) two years ago. I have been in contact with the author of that draft. I'm still waiting for feedback. The feedback to that draft on this mailing list was mostly positive.
>
> Currently to display dates and times in a user's local timezone websites can apply two solutions. A user's timezone can be guessed by their location using the requesting client IP address. This does not account for user's who wish to have a timezone different to their current locations timezone. This mechanism breaks down when sites are accessed through intermediary servers. It also requires each server to implement their own guessing mechanism. The other way is to manually ask the user what timezone they would prefer and save their choice. This solution is laborious for the user and it must be manually updated by the user if they change timezones.
> ...

Did you have a look at HTML5's <time> element?

Best regards, Julian
Received on Tuesday, 6 December 2011 18:39:40 GMT

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