RE: Where are we?

From: Harald Tveit Alvestrand (
Date: Tue, Oct 12 1999

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Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 05:27:01 +0200
To: Dan Zigmond <>, Dean Blackketter <>,
From: Harald Tveit Alvestrand <>
Subject: RE: Where are we?

At 10:30 12.10.99 -0700, Dan Zigmond wrote:

>I agree that it's best to use time zones, but I think it's a mistake to
>prohibit local times altogether.

I've been fighting this idea for years.
As someone who lives in a different timezone from most of the people I use 
the Net to communicate with, I regard "local time" (where "local" is not 
clearly specified *within the same context*) as a dangerous and confusing term.
I have no problem with "East Coast time", if it can be clearly defined, and 
could even let myself be argued into "local time as defined by the 
authority section of the URL" if I really had to, but "unscoped local time" 
is IMNSHO dangerous.

>  We actually made this mistake in the
>EIA-746 standard in the US and left ourselves with no way to representing
>local time, and we regret it now.

Can you tell us why you think it was a mistake?
I don't know what EIA-746 is, so you might have to explain a bit....


Harald Tveit Alvestrand, Maxware, Norway