[docs] [issue7229] Manual entry for time.daylight can be misleading

anatoly techtonik report at bugs.python.org
Tue Jan 11 22:22:24 CET 2011

anatoly techtonik <techtonik at gmail.com> added the comment:

On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 9:42 PM, Alexander Belopolsky
<report at bugs.python.org> wrote:
>> I have to agree with the OP that the current state of the docs is not as clear as it could be.
> In some ways the state of the docs is reflective of the state of the
> code.  C/POSIX API on which time module design is based is not very
> well suited to the age of smart phones and distributed VC systems.
> The whole idea that there is a static "system timezone" is absurd when
> a "system" is in your pocket or in the cloud.
> I agree that the docs can be improved, but I don't see patches that
> would constitute an improvement.  I've explained what I would see as
> an improvement in my prior comments.

Absurd need to be eliminated, but every time I touch datetime issues I
am confused by the complexity of additional information and
incompatibility of low-level C API with user needs. We need datetime
FAQ for a reference and a collection of user stories to see what it
possible (with examples/recipes) and what is impossible (with
proposals/PEP) in current state. If I was in charge - I'd mark all
datetime issues as release blockers for Py3k, so that all who wanted
Py3k released ASAP dedicate their time to this problem.


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