[Design] [cosmo][proposal][Bug 8398][Bug 6199] time zone drop down list on event details is confusing

Sheila Mooney sheila at osafoundation.org
Fri Apr 27 11:26:50 PDT 2007

I vote for proposal #2. Two drop down lists just seems a bit  
confusing to me and it seems to me that it makes sense to make it  

That being said, I think it's acceptable to stick with what we have  
for Preview if any of this is complicated to fix. I don't think it  
blocks basic usage. People can basically use it and most people using  
the time zone feature heavily kind of know what they are doing - can  
figure it out. After Preview we might get some wider feedback from  
those heavy time zone users that will help us determine the right  
tweaks to make both on the web ui and the desktop side.


On Apr 17, 2007, at 10:48 AM, Priscilla Chung wrote:

> Moving this to the design list for discussion.
> Dogfood feedback: https://bugzilla.osafoundation.org/show_bug.cgi? 
> id=8398
> *Two issues:*
> 1. Sean found time zone to be confusing. User does not think (of  
> time zones) in terms of only cities, but also the time zone. ie.  
> city in Chicago may be in Central or Eastern. There is an extra  
> step which the user needs to translate the city to the respective  
> time zone. Recommend to add the city location and the respected  
> time zone in the drop down list. ie. San Francisco, PST etc.
> 2. JenB found it confusing that you can pick America and 'none' in  
> the second drop
> down list. 'What does 'none' mean?'
> *First Proposal*
> The convention of eastern, central, mountain and pacific time zones  
> are more conventionally understood then time zones by city names.  
> From Sean's example, people living in Chicago would know they are  
> in Central time, but they may not know the time zone in certain  
> parts of Indiana.
> Is it possible to include the time zone abbreviations (EST, PST,  
> etc.) in the drop down list? This is in addition to the region/city  
> names? Specific the regions in the United States, it may be listed  
> starting from eastern to pacific time for example:
> EST Boston
> EST New York
> EST Washington DC
> CST Chicago
> CST Dallas
> MST Denver
> MST Tuscon
> PST Los Angeles
> PST San Francisco
> PST Seattle
> I know that there is both standard and daylight, is it possible to  
> change the list depending on time of year? The more relevant  
> question is if the web app will support daylight savings time?
> *Second Proposal*
> Similar to the desktop, provide one drop down list for the user to  
> choose from. In this drop down list, the region, cities and  
> abbreviations are combined.
> For example:
> | Pacific/ Honolulu | V |
> | America/Anchorage |
> | America/Los Angeles |
> | America/New York |
> | Floating |
> | More… |
> When the user selects 'More…' it will bring up the 'Setting dialog'  
> and default to the 'General' tab. This is under the assumption that  
> a 'Time zone' section will be implemented in the 'Settings dialog'.
> The time zone section in the 'Settings dialog' allows users to turn  
> time zone on/off. The drop down list in the settings dialog is  
> identical to the time zone picker. (The drop down list above the  
> calendar canvas.)
> Ideally, a shorter list (need to review what is the short list on  
> the desktop) would be displayed in the drop down list and a check  
> box would allow the user to select from a 'full list' of time  
> zones. See mock up: http://wiki.osafoundation.org/pub/Journal/ 
> ResolvingTimezoneInTicketView/05_Subscribed_Turn-on_tz.png
> The time zone section in the 'Settings dialog' is filed as bug:  
> https://bugzilla.osafoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=6199
> Thanks, -Priscilla
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