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Re: changing timezones

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 07:34:14 -0600
To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Cc: www-rdf-calendar@w3.org
Message-Id: <1067348054.26800.74.camel@dirk.dm93.org>

On Mon, 2003-10-27 at 18:03, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> Hi,
> I am trying to work out how to put my flight data into my calendars (phone
> and laptop).
> I recieve the information as a dump from a computer system, with all
> timezones local - but I know which airport the arrival time is local to.
> Is it more use to convert the arrival time back to the timezone of departure,
> or can I pass an event with seperate timezones for start and end times (since
> I am modelling each flight as an event)?

iCalendar groks different timezones for start and end times.

Here's the rule I use:

{ :FLT
    k:startingDate [ dt:date :YYMMDD];
    k:endingDate [ dt:date :YYMMDD2];
    t:departureTime :HH_MM;
    k:fromLocation [ :timeZone [ cal:tzid :TZ] ];
    t:arrivalTime :HH_MM2;
    k:toLocation [ :timeZone [ cal:tzid :TZ2] ].
  :DTSTART is str:concatenation of
    (:YYMMDD "T" :HH_MM ":00"). #@@ extra punct in dates
  :DTEND is str:concatenation of
    (:YYMMDD2 "T" :HH_MM2 ":00").

  ( :FLT!log:rawUri "@uri-2-mid.w3.org") str:concatenation :UID. #@@hmm... kludge?
 log:implies {
  :FLT a cal:Vevent;
    cal:uid :UID;
    cal:dtstart [ cal:tzid :TZ; cal:dateTime :DTSTART ];
    cal:dtend [ cal:tzid :TZ2; cal:dateTime :DTEND ].


as explained in http://www.w3.org/2000/10/swap/pim/travel.html

> A similar question arises in how to handle the location of the event - I
> think in RDF I will simply have a start-location and an end-location, but to
> convert into iCal I'll make a processable string of the two locations such as
>   iata:MUC-iata:EWR <leaving from Munich, arriving Newark>
> that I can export out again...
> I suspect this is really a question related to what tools can handle
> easily...

Yes, you can model whatever you want; but if you want to interoperate
with icalendar tools, you need to model things the icalendar way.
Fortunately, it's pretty flexible in this regard.

> thoughts?
> Chaals
Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Tuesday, 28 October 2003 08:34:15 UTC

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