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I’ve gotten WordPress installed on CADjournal.com, and have started feeling out its feature set. One of the first things I watend to configure was the time and date format for posts. I’d like to have the time loosely formatted on the W3 date and time format (WC3DTF), but with my current time zone appended. WordPress allows me to specify the format, and automatically append the three-letter timezone tag, but in the configuration sample screen, it always appends “GMT” instead of “PST”. And why would it even mention GMT in the first place? If I were an astronomer, that might be OK, but the official time reference for all other things is (and has been since 1972) UTC (Universal Coordinated Time).

I spent a good couple of hours debugging the problem, only to discover that when I looked at my actual blog entries, they indeed had “PST” correctly appended to the timestamp. Oh, well; at least I learned a bit more about how timezones work in Linux.

Author: Peter Sheerin

Peter Sheerin is best known for the decade he spent as the Technical Editor of CADENCE magazine, where he was the acknowledged expert in Computer-Aided Design hardware and software. He has a long-standing passion for improving usability of software, hardware, and everyday objects that is always interwoven in his articles. Peter is available for freelance technical writing and product reviews, and is exploring career opportunities in interaction design. His pet personal project is exploring the best ways to harmonize visual, tactile, and audible symbols for improving the effectiveness of alerting systems.

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