How Do You Tell Time On The World Wide Web?
Irving, TX, September 9, 2003. DesiSoft Systems today announced the release of a white paper meant to propose a solution to the problem of being able to know when content was posted on web sites around the world.
One of the wonderful things about the Internet is the ability to peruse information across the world at any time of the day or night, regardless of whether the target of your search is awake or asleep. A problem with this approach, however, happens when you’re browsing content that is updated at various intervals throughout the day, and you’d like to know when that content was changed.
When a webmaster is aware that users are browsing her site, she’ll usually make a note on her web site saying what time zone was used to base the times upon or may display the times according to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). However, this solution is not the best one, since the user browsing her web site then has to add or subtract a number or hours (or minutes in some locations) from the displayed times to come to the time according to their local clock. And, with Summer Time or Daylight Savings Time in effect in different parts of the world, this calculation could be off.
The purpose of writing the white paper was to propose that web site developers and web browser developers work together to start helping out their users by showing the times their materials were posted on their web sites in the user’s time zone. To find out how to easily fix this problem, the rest of the white paper is available at this location:
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