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[web-alarms] Remove timezone support from Task Scheduler API

From: Christophe Dumez <ch.dumez@sta.samsung.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2013 03:05:07 -0500
To: "public-sysapps@w3.org" <public-sysapps@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C057847DC2553B44AFF9651526E2332F068326EFD6@staEX7mb4.telecom.sna.samsung.com>

It was proposed during the last SysApps face to face in Toronto to remove timezone support from the Task Scheduler API [1].
This would essentially mean removing the TimezoneDirective [2] from the API and pass a number of second since epoch to schedule a task instead of an EcmaScript Date (e.g. by using "Date.now() + n").

The change was proposed for several reasons:
- The TimezoneDirective is not very clear, may be confusing to the developers and makes the API more complex,
- The current timezone support is not sufficient to handle calendar use cases anyway since you cannot explicitly specify which timezone to use,
- The Date object may be removed from Web IDL [3] as its use was discouraged on es-discuss [4].

I am sending this message to the mailing list to gather broader feedback before updating the specification draft. Please let us know how you feel about this change.

[1] http://www.w3.org/2012/sysapps/web-alarms/

[2] http://www.w3.org/2012/sysapps/web-alarms/#timezonedirective

[3] https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=22824

[4] http://esdiscuss.org/topic/frozen-date-objects

Christophe Dumez - Samsung Telecommunications America

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