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July 5, 2005 16:42
Message ID: 20050705234228.GL7720@c4.convolution.nl
Dave Rolsky skribis 2005-07-05 15:41 (-0500):
> As for 0 vs 1 as the index, I think this is a bit of a red herring. If
> you're constantly using this as an array index you're operating at too low
> a level (IMO). If all your programs start with:
> my @DayNames = qw( Sunday Monday Tuesday ... );
> I think you have a bigger problem than simply adjusting for a 1-indexed
> day number ;)
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.