[wp-hackers] Timezone in RSS feeds

Computer Guru computerguru at neosmart.net
Tue Apr 10 16:08:17 GMT 2007

You're not understanding my point.

RSS feeds are supposed to be machine-readable universable syndication
When dealing with standards and humans don't have to read what's there, you
serve as little info as possible that can be translated to give the complete
picture, and wherever you can, you stick to the "base" formats.

Your blog serves UTC time == it doesn't have to serve the current time + the
UTC offset.

So long as the feed readers are doing the conversion, why should your blog
have to bother with UTC offsets, DST, multiple TZs, user-specific TZ, etc.

RSS isn't HTML - humans aren't meant to read it directly. Therefore, it
shouldn't matter *what* your blog serves, so long as the feed readers
properly convert and display the end result to your subscribers.

Computer Guru
NeoSmart Technologies

> -----Original Message-----
> From: wp-hackers-bounces at lists.automattic.com [mailto:wp-hackers-
> bounces at lists.automattic.com] On Behalf Of Geoffrey Sneddon
> Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 7:04 PM
> To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
> Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Timezone in RSS feeds
> On 10 Apr 2007, at 16:51, Computer Guru wrote:
> > The idea is that everyone's individual RSS reader will auto-format
> > the time field to match the correct value.
> >
> > You need to keep in mind that RSS isn't supposed to be read raw or
> > even "parsed" by Firefox or IE7 - most people access feeds via a
> > desktop or web interface, and those take care of all the details
> > for each individual viewer :)
> >
> > Computer Guru
> > NeoSmart Technologies
> > http://neosmart.net/blog/
> Huh? The only difference is what the timezone is raw in the feed
> before it is converted by the feed reader. Why can't the date be in
> the blog timezone then converted from that in the feed reader,
> instead of from GMT?
> - Geoffrey Sneddon
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