KF5: Parsing times with timezone abbreviations

David Jarvie djarvie at kde.org
Mon Mar 31 14:10:25 BST 2014

On Mon, March 31, 2014 11:53 am, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> Thiago Macieira wrote:
>> Time zone abbreviations are useless, since they are not unique. Simply
>> strip them out of your string before passing to QDateTime.
> Nice theory, but there is no other way to know what time this actually is.
> Unless you can offer a mapping from latitude and longitude to timezone, or
> a way to automatically figure it out from "place name, country" (which is
> especially fun for those countries that span multiple time zones, because
> the place name can be a small town somewhere).
> I do see the problem, e.g. I get "EST" as the timezone for Sydney,
> Australia, which is obviously not the same as the US "EST". I suppose
> KDateTime will do the wrong thing for that. :-(
> Maybe we need a (timezone abbreviation, country) → timezone map (and
an API
> where I can just feed in the time including the abbreviation and the
> name and get a correct QDateTime; heck, for most countries, the
> could be ignored entirely, it only matters for huge countries such as the
> USA or Russia)?

They can't just be ignored for small countries, since they may contain a
daylight savings time indication.

David Jarvie.
KDE developer.
KAlarm author - http://www.astrojar.org.uk/kalarm

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