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2182Re: [ISO8601] Re: UTC didn't exist before 1961

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  • nguyenivy@gmail.com
    May 26, 2009
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      I was thinking of historical examples like the offset The Netherlands used sometime in the last 100 years that had an offset precise to the centisecond. Stating a date/time in ISO 8601 during the period the offset was used could cause problems as the standard doesn't allow for offsets any more precise than minutes. I guess such problems only occur in certain technical applications as in regular writing one could just write the city/town in question with its date & time of the event.

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      From: "piebaldconsult"
      Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 14:09:45 -0000
      To: <ISO8601@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: [ISO8601] Re: UTC didn't exist before 1961

      > (aren't offsets are currently limited to hours & minutes from UTC?).

      Yes, but seconds generally aren't important in day-to-day events anyway.
      If you're going to try to calculate an offset to great precision you may need to account for continental drift. :)

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