Retrieving Date and Time From The Internet
bobs at twft.com
Tue Aug 16 18:11:03 EDT 2011
Thanks Waren and Scott. I will have a look at those. I can extrapolate UTX time from those zones I suppose, and then do the math for the particular time zone in the system settings.
On Aug 16, 2011, at 2:10 PM, Warren Samples wrote:
> On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 11:13:58 AM Bob Sneidar wrote:
>> Okay, I contacted the USNO site via email and requested that they include the year in the returned date/time.
> You could try this:
> Your time info is here in the html it returns (example):
> <div id="analog-digital">
> <span class="font7">
> 5:10 PM
> Tuesday, August 16, 2011</strong>
> <br />
> <span class="font1">
> Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) -0400 UTC
> Isolate this from the rest of the source and filter out the lines that begin with <, and you'll have what you're looking for. If you want a different city, just select one
> from the list and copy that URL.
> A fun challenge. Here's one option, limited to a single time (US Eastern),
> with no guarantee of reliability (can any Web-based service truly claim
> function timeStamp
> put url "http://www.atomictime.net/front.html" into temp
> wait 500 millisecs with messages
> put url "http://www.atomictime.net/time_tel.html?2" into temp
> repeat with N = number of lines of temp down to 1
> if line N of temp is not empty then return line N of temp
> end repeat
> end timeStamp
> The reason for the dual URLs is the host requires initial access through a
> home page. Only thing I can guess is there's some back-end foolery going on
> that's not accessible (at least I can't see anything that's apparent, but
> maybe that's just me).
> I tried setting my system clock back 2 hours and the page continues to
> return the current Eastern time, so the service *appears* to be legit.
> Scott Rossi
> Creative Director
> Tactile Media, UX Design
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