Time library discussion (reprise)
gk at ninebynine.org
Sun Nov 9 14:00:49 EST 2003
I noted this in the draft communities report:
Currently, the discussion has stalled again. The leap seconds
issue is something of a sticking point, and there are some
implementability question marks over other parts of the API.
Contribution to (any aspect of) the discussion is welcomed.
As a process meta-issue, I would ask: is there an approach we can adopt
that allows the concerns about implementability of leap-seconds to be
deferred to a later stage, to the maximum extent possible.
My simple-minded view is that an approach based on an underlying value a
pair of values (e.g. days,picoseconds) would allow systems implemented
without concern for leap seconds to be adequate for a good number of
practical applications. And systems that do know about leap seconds can do
a better job.
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