Redux - Getting the Date and Time From the Internet

Gregory Lypny gregory.lypny at
Fri Aug 19 13:03:12 EDT 2011

Hi Mark,

You’re right, it is absolutely correct.  For my purposes GMT and UTC are equivalent because I’m not concerned with fractions of a second.



On Fri, Aug 19, 2011, at 12:53 PM, use-livecode-request at wrote:

> Gregory-
> Thursday, August 18, 2011, 2:42:22 PM, you wrote:
>> After playing with it, I?ve come to the conclusion that the only
>> correct, or most nearly correct, system-independent timestamp is the
> No, it's *absolutely* correct, by definition. It's off by the fraction
> of a second it takes the signal to get from NIST's servers to your
> computer, and you even get the correction factor if you want to apply
> it.
>> seconds as converted from a time server such as NIST.  However, even
>> that won?t display correctly in any other date-time format on a
>> local machine if the time zone is set incorrectly.  That means that
>> the only display format that is sure to be correct is NIST?s GMT,
>> uncontaminated by local time zone settings.
> NIST's time is UTC, not GMT. You originally said (wading my way back
> through the posts here) you wanted an absolute timestamp irrespective
> of the client machines. Here you have to different implementation of
> that timestamp: the julian date and the UTC date/time. Is there
> something more you're looking for?
> -- 
> -Mark Wieder

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