Weeble (clockworksaint) wrote,

Technical question regarding GMail, LJ and time zones

I have a query for anyone who might have a more thorough knowledge of permissible date formats in email. I've noticed that whenever I get comment notifications from LJ, GMail displays the wrong time. For example, I got a notification at about 12:02+0100. GMail displays the received time as 7:02PM. The actual header in the email says:
 Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 11:02:55 UT
Both my system clock and my GMail account time-zone are set to UK. It seems that GMail is interpreting this time in a -0700 time-zone, which I'd guess to be PDT, since that crops up in the email headers for all the timestamps added by the Google servers. I guess the question is whether "UT" is an acceptable time-zone indicator for an email. If so, why isn't GMail parsing it correctly? If not, is it an LJ bug? Should they be using "+0000" instead?

Or then again, is this something peculiar to my account/computers?
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