Site news: Time stamps in RSS feeds fixed

by Volker Weber

Today I finally fixed a problem in my RSS feeds that has existed ever since existed. During DST the feeds where showing the wrong time for posts and comments. I was using <$MTBlogTimezone$> which does not account for the DST offset. Now I installed this plugin and changed the markup for dates/times to:

<dc:date><$MTEntryDate format="%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%S"$>
<$MTDaylightOrStandard daylight="+02:00" standard="+01:00"$>

This is not perfect, since time stamps are generated with the wrong offsets the day after a DST switch for older entries, but it is good enough. The feeds will now show the correct times in your own time zone, and the site itself continues to show local times for Germany.


That reminds me. Been meaning to look into a similar (opposite, actually) feature in Blogsphere - DST offset is always added even during the winter when DST is not in force.

Chris Linfoot, 2006-05-09

Chris, I didn't know that problem existed. I thought I had it working off the system time. i must be the routing that converts the system time into the special format used for the feed.

As soon as I get my server back up and running I'll look for a fix for it. My current ISP here in the USA have inbound port 80 blocked unless you pay them loads of money for a fixed IP address.

Declan Lynch, 2006-05-09

I don't want to know how much time and money already went down the drain worldwide for issues caused by that stupid DST thing.

Oliver Regelmann, 2006-05-10

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