24:00 versus 23:59:59--another possibility
Paul_Koning at Dell.com
Tue Apr 28 13:26:46 UTC 2009
>>>>> "Arthur" == Arthur David Olson <Olson> writes:
Arthur> Yet another possibility is to add a special case to zic to
Arthur> treat instances of 23:59:59 as if they were 24:00; this lets
Arthur> us use 23:59:59 in input files to make pre-1998 versions of
Arthur> zic happy and to get correct-to-the-second results out of
Arthur> post-2009 versions of zic.
I don't like that idea.
Backward compatibility with an 11 year obsolete version that produces
wrong answers for a 1 year old version is not the right tradeoff.
If 24:00:00 produced error messages in a version of zic that was, say,
3-4 years old, that would be different. But I can't see any reason to
accommodate a version that's 11 years old.
So make it 24:00 and let people know they need a version of zic that
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