[AG-TECH] UTC Time Change

Shawn Davis wdavis at ncsa.uiuc.edu
Sun Apr 7 21:17:11 CDT 2002

So I'm sure most of you are aware of the scheduler software I am working on 
- I made a short presentation about it at the retreat in March.  AGSchedule 
will handle time issues in a much improved manner, and I think this will 
please everyone involved.  When scheduling a meeting, the user can choose 
to schedule it in either UTC time or Local Time.  The local time zone 
offset from UTC is detected from the user's computer.  In either case, the 
meeting time is stored as UTC in the database.  When viewing the various 
calendar displays, the meetings can be shown in either UTC time or Local 
time, whichever the user prefers.  And, when you look at the meeting 
information page for a given meeting, both local and UTC times are shown 
simultaneously.  So I think this will satisfy both sides of the 
issue.  Those who prefer to work in UTC time will be able to work entirely 
in UTC with the scheduler.  And likewise, those who prefer working with 
local times will be able to continue to do so.
For those of you who signed up with either myself or Jackie to start using 
the scheduler, I hope to get you guys up and running with it sometime this 
week.  Sorry it has taken so long to get this up and running - I had to get 
a venues server up and running along with some final additions to the 
scheduler.  If anyone did not sign up to use it but would like to, send me 
an email and I'll add you to the list.
wdavis at ncsa.uiuc.edu
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Visualization Technology Support

At 03:53 PM 4/7/2002 +0900, shudo at ni.aist.go.jp wrote:
>From: Don Morton <morton at cs.umt.edu>
> > It's that time of the year, folks;  time for me to promote the merits
> > of using UTC (Universal Time Coordinated) when coordinating AG
> > reservations
>I agree with you on using UTC.  We have had troubles in translating
>American and European times to our time (JST) because several reasons:
>They are far from our time and we're not familiar with Daylight Saving
>rules of other countries.
>It'll so nice if we could see reservations in UTC.  But local times
>are convenience practically, so I'd like to propose that mandatory UTC
>expression and optional local times.
>I have written UTC time besides JST when I make reservation in past.
>I have felt difficulty in writing a schedule striding over the day
>change (0:00 AM).  When we write UTC time, we will encounter such
>situation where we write a schedule across one day.  I hope a
>convention for the case is established and posted up on the scheduler.
>   Kazuyuki Shudo        shudo at computer.org      http://www.shudo.net/

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