[MlMt] Displaying the midnight hour
list.gavan at galeel.com
Mon Jan 3 00:13:53 EST 2022
On 3 Jan 2022, at 15:52, Antonio Leding wrote:
> My research informs me that both 00:00 and 24:00 are, in some
> situations, used interchangeably for the top-of-the-hour at midnight.
> However, that same research shows that the time between midnight and
> 1am are denoted using 00:xx format; consider “Zero Dark Thirty” =
> 30 minutes past midnight or 00:30. In fact, I was unable to find any
> standardized uses of the 24:xx format for describing times between the
> top-of-midnight & 1am; all of the refs I found used 00:xx.
See below for the standardised use (which is probably not in
‘standard’ use of course — https://xkcd.com/2562 )
> I have discovered that Mailmate displays times between top-of-midnight
> & 1am using the 24:xx format so, with the above in mind, I wanted to
> ask if this is intentional or a bug?
It’s only a bug if Benny didn’t want this to happen, however it is
not correct according to standard:
As of ISO 8601-1:2019 midnight may only be referred to as "00:00",
corresponding to the beginning of a calendar day.
Earlier versions of the standard allowed "24:00" corresponding to the
end of a day, but this is explicitly disallowed by the 2019 revision.
Gavan Schneider, Sodwalls, NSW, Australia
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