[Python-Dev] proposal: add basic time type to the standard library

Fred L. Drake, Jr. fdrake@acm.org
Tue, 26 Feb 2002 16:01:12 -0500

Guido van Rossum writes:
 > 10pm EST has a different feel to it than one sent at 4am MET.  It
 > should *sort* on UTC, but it should use the original timezone to
 > display the dates.

Sounds like a user preference, not a universal truth.

Is it important that the timezone is part of the date/time type,
though?  Is it important that it be part of the abstract base

Specific implementations should certainly be able to add support for
timezones, and perhaps some hypothetical default date/time type should
include it for convenience, but that doesn't tell me it's fundamental.


Fred L. Drake, Jr.  <fdrake at acm.org>
PythonLabs at Zope Corporation