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Bug 185719 - [RFE] Formatting of dates and times within UI
Summary: [RFE] Formatting of dates and times within UI
Alias: None
Product: Beaker
Classification: Community
Component: scheduler
Version: 0.5
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
medium vote
Target Milestone: future_maint
Assignee: beaker-dev-list
QA Contact: tools-bugs
Whiteboard: UX
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2006-03-17 02:48 UTC by Dave Malcolm
Modified: 2015-11-09 03:45 UTC (History)
10 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Enhancement
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2015-11-09 03:45:01 UTC

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Description Dave Malcolm 2006-03-17 02:48:39 UTC
Description of problem:
Currently all dates and times are displayed in this format:
2006-03-16 21:06:28

I find this difficult to read when scanning a page.  Also, no time zone is
specified, which could cause problems for testers using the lab from other offices)

How about the use of constructions such as:
  "17 mins ago"  (for < 1 hour ago)
  "1 hr 24 mins ago" (for < 6 hours ago)
  "Today at 9:06pm"
  "Yesterday at 2:13am" (for yesterday)
  day-of-week at time (for up to a week ago)
  date at time (for earlier than this)

with a per-user timezone (specified in preferences).

(you could even have javascript to do this clientside and update them as time
passes on the viewed page)

Comment 3 Dave Malcolm 2006-03-22 17:48:45 UTC
Thanks.  I find that view easier to work with.

I guess we still have the timezone issue though:  what will happen when our
colleagues in India are trying to use an RHTS lab in Westford or RDU?  Or do we
simply state somewhere what the timezone of a particular server is (e.g. "All
times and dates given by this particular server are UTC-5") and require people
to deal with this (and the usual fun with daylight saving time...)

Comment 7 Raymond Mancy 2012-05-21 13:58:18 UTC
Zack, times currently are shown in your local timezone.

Comment 8 xjia 2013-06-20 02:53:57 UTC
I have checked times currently are shown in my local timezone. So close this bug.

Comment 9 Dan Callaghan 2013-06-20 06:16:14 UTC
Timezone localisation was implemented a few years ago for a separate bug. This bug is about "human-friendly" datetime formatting as described in comment #0, which is still not used anywhere in Beaker but would be a useful enhancement.

Comment 11 Roman Joost 2015-11-09 03:45:01 UTC
I'm closing this bug, since I think it's now consensus to use the human friendly timestamps for any new UI or re-factoring work where timestamps are included.
In case there are particular *new* UIs which violate that principle for no good reason, a separate bug should be filed.

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