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This plugin shows the local time of a city embedded in a TWiki topic. The current local time is taken from the Date and Time Gateway at http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/xtra/tzdate, or calculated internally.

Syntax Rules

Add the %LOCALCITYTIME{"timezone"}% variable anywhere in your topic. "timezone" is a Continent/City combination as defined in the Date and Time Gateway page.


What: You type: You get: (static text for demo)
Time in Zurich: %LOCALCITYTIME{"Europe/Zurich"}% Sun, 15 Jul 2001, 02:03:50 CEST (Europe/Zurich)
Incorrect timezone: %LOCALCITYTIME{"Not/There"}% LocalCityTimePlugin warning: Invalid Timezone. Use a Continent/City timezone code listed in http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/xtra/tzdate, e.g. %LOCALCITYTIME{"Europe/Zurich"}%
Help: %LOCALCITYTIME% LocalCityTimePlugin help: Write a Continent/City timezone code listed in http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/xtra/tzdate, such as %LOCALCITYTIME{"Europe/Zurich"}%

LocalCityTimePlugin Settings

Plugin settings are stored as preferences variables. To reference a plugin setting write %<plugin>_<setting>%, i.e. %LOCALCITYTIMEPLUGIN_SHORTDESCRIPTION%

  • One line description, is shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Shows the local time of a city embedded in a TWiki topic.

  • Debug plugin: (See output in data/debug.txt)
    • Set DEBUG = 0

  • Use internal date command instead of Date and Time Gateway. This is faster, but depends on BSD / Linux style zoneinfo files and the date command:

Plugin Installation Instructions

  • Download the ZIP file from the Plugin web (see below)
  • Unzip LocalCityTimePlugin.zip in your twiki installation directory. Content:
    File: Description:
    data/TWiki/LocalCityTimePlugin.txt Plugin topic
    data/TWiki/LocalCityTimePlugin.txt,v Plugin topic repository
    lib/TWiki/Plugins/LocalCityTimePlugin.pm Plugin Perl module
  • Check if the following %LOCALCITYTIME{"Europe/Zurich"}% works:
  • Optionally enable internal date calculation with the USEDATECOMMAND = 1 setting. This is faster then getting the data from the Date and Time Gateway page, but it depends on BSD / Linux style zoneinfo files and the date command; configure the $tzDir, $dateCmd, $dateParam settings in twiki/lib/TWiki/Plugins/LocalCityTimePlugin.pm in case needed.

Plugin Info

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main/PeterThoeny
Plugin Version: 19 Nov 2004
Change History:  
19 Nov 2004: Minor code cleanup; added benchmarks
23 Nov 2003: New URL for gateway (www.bsdi.com is decommissioned); choice of internal date calculation
14 Jul 2001: Changed to plug & play
26 Apr 2001: initPlugin returns 1; fixed uninitialized value warning
25 Apr 2001: Initial version
CPAN Dependencies: none
Other Dependencies: If USEDATECOMMAND = 0: Format of Date and Time Gateway web page at http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/xtra/tzdate
Else: BSD or Linux zoneinfo files and date command
Perl Version: 5.0
TWiki:Plugins/Benchmark: GoodStyle 99%, FormattedSearch 99%, LocalCityTimePlugin with internal date command 96%, without 55%
Plugin Home: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/LocalCityTimePlugin
Feedback: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/LocalCityTimePluginDev
Appraisal: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/LocalCityTimePluginAppraisal

Related Topics: TWikiPreferences, TWikiPlugins, TextFormattingRules

-- TWiki:Main/PeterThoeny - 19 Nov 2004

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