[LMB] late-series copy-editing/copyediting/copy editing

Fred Smith fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us
Fri Sep 18 03:50:59 BST 2015


On Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 07:02:49PM -0600, Howard Brazee wrote:
> 
> > On Sep 17, 2015, at 6:32 PM, Fred Smith <fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us> wrote:
> > 
> > On Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 05:16:08PM -0600, Howard Brazee wrote:
> >> <snip>   I wonder if their days resolved the ambiguity of what date is midnight.
> > 
> > <rant>
> > I'd be deliriously happy if everyone would agree that a day BEGINS
> > at 00:00:00, and anything prior to that is 23:59:59.99999999999999999 etc, 
> > ad inifinitum, which is part of the prior day.
> > 
> > some people (and worse, computer systems) want to consider that the
> > day ends at 24:00:00.0000000000000000000000 and the next infinitesimally
> > later instant starts the new day. I suppose that works too, but it
> > makes no sense to me.
> > 
> > In the former case, midnight is the starting instant of the new day,
> > and the latter, midnight is the trailing instant of the day just ended.
> > </rant>
> 
> 
> I did write a program one time that accepted 24:00 as one day and 00:00 as the next day - but both are the same time.
> 
> The other ambiguity that is being illogically resolved is accepting 12:00 AM and 12:00 PM.   Those shouldn’t exist!

Agreed! if only for the reason that I cannot keep track of which is which.

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