dates and their representation
wk at isil.d.shuttle.de
Wed Sep 23 11:00:02 CEST 1998
- times are always stored in UTC. This is required by OpenPGP and
nothing else would make sense. Telling which timezone has been
used to create a message is out of the scopenof gnupg - the
mail headers may tell you this.
- Who cares about the timezone anyway. I think in CE[S]T because I
live here and I use this timezone for my calendar too :-).
- It is convenient to display localized times and if there is enough
room on the screen the current timezone may also be displayed.
- I think of the key creation time as an attribute of the key (and it
is one because it gets signed) like number of bits, algorithm,
fingerprint. Because of that I think the time should be displayed
in UTC in all key listings.
A: "okay, I have here your key: 1024 bits, DSA created on 1998-09-01"
B: "Oops, that is not my key, I created it 1998-08-31"
This may happen if A and B are in different timezones.
- If a program gives more detailed or better formatted information
about a key it should display the time in the preferred localized
format, which would be
Dienstag 23 September 1998 MESZ
in Germany (or another recognized format) or
Monday September 23rd 1998 PST
- The documentation should tell that the times which are listed are
always in YYYY-MM-DD format and in UTC.
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