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Need a formula for Daylight Savings Time

Posted on 2011-03-16
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I am having trouble creating a formula for Daylight Savings Time. I have a DateTime field that is in GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). I have come up with a formula which will display the time depending on the time zone the account is in. However, now that Daylight Savings Time has started, my times are an hour off. I can go in and correct the formula to subtract an hour less, but I'm just going to have to correct the report again in the fall. I would rather the formula be created to handle DST on it's own automatically.

DST starts on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday in november.
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This will work for this year.  I'll work on one that works in general.
Use the appropriate differences based on time zone

If {YourDateTimeField} >= DateTime(2011,3,13,2,0,0)
      AND
   {tblHoursWorked2010.Started} < Date(2011,11,13,2,0,0) then
    DateAdd('h',-3,{tblHoursWorked2010.Started})
Else
    DateAdd('h',-4,{tblHoursWorked2010.Started})

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This formula works for now, but is there a way to make the formula automatically update for the time change without me having to modify the report twice a year? Daylight Savings Time begins on the 2nd Sunday of March every year and ends on the 1st Sunday in November.
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I am sure there is.  I meant to try to do it but forgot.  Let me try a few things.

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Here are the formulas

In the adjustment, just change the -3/-4 to the appropriate difference

THe formula for the 2nd Sunday and 1 Sunday was supplied by
Ken Hamady
http://www.kenhamady.com/form23.shtml

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Formula for Setting the START of DST
WhilePrintingRecords;
 DateVar D:= Date(Year({tblHoursWorked2011.Started}),3,1);  //Today's Date or any date field
 Numbervar DOW:= 1; //The day of week you want with 1 being Sunday, 2 = Monday, etc
 NumberVar Week:= 2; // The Week you want, 1 being the FIRST Monday of the month, 2 being the second, etc
 DateVar BOM:= D - Day(D)+(8-DOW);
 DateVar BOW:= BOM - DayOfWeek(BOM) + DOW  + (7*(Week-1));
Global DateVar DSTStartDate := BOW



Formula for Setting the END of DST
WhilePrintingRecords;
 DateVar D:= Date(Year({tblHoursWorked2011.Started}),11,1);  //Today's Date or any date field
 Numbervar DOW:= 1; //The day of week you want with 1 being Sunday, 2 = Monday, etc
 NumberVar Week:= 1; // The Week you want, 1 being the FIRST Monday of the month, 2 being the second, etc
 DateVar BOM:= D - Day(D)+(8-DOW);
 DateVar BOW:= BOM - DayOfWeek(BOM) + DOW  + (7*(Week-1));

Global DateVar DSTEndDate := BOW


Using them to adjust your time
WhilePrintingRecords;
Global DateVar DSTStartDate;
If {YOURDATETIMEFIELD} >= DateTime({@AdjustForDSTStartDate},Time(2,0,0))
      AND
   {YOURDATETIMEFIELD} < DateTime({@AdjustForDSTEndDate},Time(2,0,0)) then
    DateAdd('h',-3,{YOURDATETIMEFIELD})
Else
    DateAdd('h',-4,{YOURDATETIMEFIELD})

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Worked perfectly! Thanks!
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