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Re: Date

From: <Noah_Mendelsohn@lotus.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2001 20:22:01 -0400
To: ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk (Henry S. Thompson)
Cc: "Jeff Rafter" <jeffrafter@definedweb.com>, vdv@dyomedea.com, xmlschema-dev@w3.org
Message-ID: <OFFFCC0FFB.B5644574-ON85256A83.00012D49@lotus.com>
Henry Thompson writes:

>> This is just not true.  12:00:00 is not equal to 
>> 12:00:00Z.  What _is_  true is that the various 
>> timezone-specific ways of specifying a time
>> _are_ equal, e.g. 12:00:00Z is equal to 13:00:00Z+1.

I had missed the former point, but it was the latter that was the subject 
of my note.  I think many users find it counterintuitive that 12:00:00Z == 
13:00:00Z+1, as many seem to think they are making a useful record of the 
timezone in which the time was noted.  All my explanations and warnings 
were directed to this case, sorry for having missed the distinction 
between times with and without timezones.   I still think the decision to 
allow timezones, but to make them insignificant in this case, is a 
questionable call.

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