Spam (madbodger) wrote,

  • Mood:

A minor beef

When I'm entering a time into a field, and choose 12:00, it annoys me that I'm forced to choose "AM" or "PM", neither of which are correct. For that time, I want to be able to enter "N" (noon) or "M" (midnight).

I've also been known to assert this should be true for time display as well, but that's a less important nit, as in most places it is apparent from context. People have argued that this is only true for an infinitesimal period, and can be safely ignored. For a realtime display, this is arguable, as even if the display reads "12:00 PM" for a full minute, it is actually PM for most of that minute. But in a log message that occurs infrequently, it could be ambiguous.

However, when I'm entering a time into a computer (or VCR or whatever), the machine has little if any notion of context, and the machine's interpretation of "12:00 PM" has two interpretations, one wrong, and one VERY wrong. And it's not clear as to which is which.



  • A very long day...

    Today started with a 2½ hour dentist appointment. Then I drove to the airport to catch a plane to Charlotte. Then I dashed the entire lengths of the…

  • fail

    I went to reserve a hotel room, and there were no Marriott properties (which are all non-smoking these days) nearby. So I cast around a bit and found…

  • Philly bound!

    I'm going up to Philly tomorrow (Thursday) with fizzygeek to see Don Dixon and Marti Jones. We'll be meeting up with ginnymost and her…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened