[Python-Dev] proposal: add basic time type to the standard library
Guido van Rossum
Tue, 26 Feb 2002 16:11:34 -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.
Fair enough. Even some of my well-traveled friends cannot do timezone
arithmetic in their head... :-)
> 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.
I guess I want it to be possible to have an implementation that keeps
track of the timezone as entered.
It's true that time deltas are a nightmare when dealing with different
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)