Julian/Gregorian

  1. 5 months ago

    I've noticed that calendars can go back a long way (1AD?). I assume that this is an extension backwards of the Gregorian Calendar (which was only introduced in 1582).
    Is this correct, or have you incorporated a formal switch from Julian to Gregorian? & if so, what country switch did you follow?

  2. Chris

    Dec 22 Developer, Moderator, Beta Tester

    Indeed yes, it's just an extension of the Gregorian calendar.

    I don't see any practical use to go beyond 1AD unless you want to use doogiePIM for archaeology or historical record keeping. Please let me know a use-case and I'll certainly consider building in a better date/time recording system.

  3. Use case is simple. If you are writing or researching something set in a historical period, it a calendar helps to see how events fit together. And sometimes you will have a date and need to know the day (and vice versa). For most European uses, the Julian and Gregorian are sufficient (though there are some specialist exceptions, and the timing of the switch varied between countries). It's less important the earlier you go (especially BC) because there were different dating conventions. Ditto for other areas and civilisations.

    There are other ways of doing it (Aeon Timeline is almost infinitely adjustable, though it takes quite a bit of work), but it can be useful to have it all in one place.

 

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