Japanese dates problem

Sarah Reichelt sarah.reichelt at gmail.com
Wed Dec 28 00:26:16 EST 2005

Hi All,

I have received some error reports from Japanese users of my Pic-a-POD
program and they all get an error at the same point. Here is the
script snippet:

        convert tNow from long system date to seconds
        subtract 86400 from tNow

with the error report showing:

      Type: subtract: destination has a bad format (numeric?)

So it looks as if the date conversion is not working correctly. I'm
pretty sure the value of tNow is OK since it is just taken from a
field that is set to "the long system date" on startup. I don't know
anything about Unicode, but the textFont of the stack & by inheritance
the field, is Verdana, so I don't think that should be doing anything.

Is anyone out there running a Japanese system that can give me any
ideas? The reports have all come from Mac users so far, but I don't
know if that is relevant. Is there a way to detect a Japanese system
(or perhaps one where the default font is Unicode) and use "the long
date" instead of the long system date if so?


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