Handling Timezones and DST

6 Jun 2006 - 10:58am
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Alvin Tan
2006

Hi,

I'm wondering how you guys have designed or implemented time zones and DST in your web application projects? Do you guys give the users the option to use DST - if so, where do you base the DST difference?

Thanks,
Alvin

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6 Jun 2006 - 12:52pm
Dave Malouf
2005

I think more information is needed here:
1. what is the overall purpose of time tracking?
2. is this a collaborative space?
3. does collaboration exist across time zones?
etc. etc.

Our application is quite complex b/c time is actually contains legal
liability, so messin' w/ timezones gets yucky. I don't like our current
solution for it, but we are in the midst of making some changes. We
haven't come to consensus yet, but we do have a sense of the level of
complexity from both a technical and a user experience point of view.

-- dave

Alvin Tan wrote:
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> Hi,
>
> I'm wondering how you guys have designed or implemented time zones and DST in your web application projects? Do you guys give the users the option to use DST - if so, where do you base the DST difference?
>
> Thanks,
> Alvin
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6 Jun 2006 - 10:18pm
Alvin Tan
2006

Dave,

3. does collaboration exist across time zones?

This is a very good point to consider. The project I'm involved with is actually a reservation system and we are deciding to or not to include time zone settings for the guest/reserver. Just today, I was playing with GMail and Yahoo Mail and they do time stamping by getting the client/user OS time settings and use this to get the time difference. The times reflected on the client are then "adjusted" times from this difference as such it works like a desktop application (at least from my initial observation). I'm starting to like this approach since this will also lessen the settings the user has to deal with.

http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=7992&topic=1505

Alvin

----- Original Message ----
From: Dave (Heller) Malouf <dave at ixda.org>
To: discuss at ixda.org
Sent: Wednesday, June 7, 2006 1:52:50 AM
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Handling Timezones and DST

[Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]

I think more information is needed here:
1. what is the overall purpose of time tracking?
2. is this a collaborative space?
3. does collaboration exist across time zones?
etc. etc.

Our application is quite complex b/c time is actually contains legal
liability, so messin' w/ timezones gets yucky. I don't like our current
solution for it, but we are in the midst of making some changes. We
haven't come to consensus yet, but we do have a sense of the level of
complexity from both a technical and a user experience point of view.

-- dave

Alvin Tan wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]
>
> Hi,
>
> I'm wondering how you guys have designed or implemented time zones and DST in your web application projects? Do you guys give the users the option to use DST - if so, where do you base the DST difference?
>
> Thanks,
> Alvin
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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dave(at)ixda(dot)org
http://ixda.org/
http://synapticburn.com/

AIM: bolinhanyc // Y!: dave_ux //
MSN: hippiefunk(at)hotmail.com // Gtalk: dave.ixd(at)gmail.com

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