On Wed, 6 Jul 2005, Juerd wrote:
I think the problem one has is much bigger even if a day *number* is
ever displayed. Then beginning with 1 because that's where most humans
begin counting, is wrong. It's a technical thing, and that should be
kept as simple as possible, and as technical as possible, for easier
compatibility with existing technical things.
Calling Sunday 1 and not having a 0 would certainly upset and offend me.
My weeks begin on Mondays, as do most people's weeks here. At the same
time, I can accept any day as the first day if that first day is 0,
because 0 is technical and internal anyway, not meant for humans.
I'm sure lots of people would want an index 1 to be Sunday, if there is
no index 0. This all is solved simply by NOT skipping 0, and using an
arbitrarily chosen day for the first. Or, well, for compatibility,
Computers and Perl count from 0. People count from 1. If something
begins at 1, it is expected to be a people's thing. And with week days,
this just doesn't work, as not everyone's week starts at the same day.
On reflection, I realized it doesn't matter too much to me. In the end,
I'm likely to need a higher-level interface than this to do something
interesting (like print a day _name_ or calculate the second Sunday of the
month) and that interface will just use the information Perl's builtins
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