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Improve handling of relative dates #1268

Jermolene opened this Issue Dec 22, 2014 · 2 comments


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Jermolene commented Dec 22, 2014

The current "relativedate" format of the view widget has two disadvantages:

  • The relative time isn't updated automatically
  • The relative date should be displayed as an absolute date in static renderings

It is proposed to introduce a new relativedate widget that resolves these issues.


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Drakor commented Dec 22, 2014

Well TiddlyWiki doesn't offer anything "timer-like" in $tw.utils either. So in the past, to get something to update, I wrote a small <$refresh cycle="MILLISECONDS"> widget, which helped me get things like a the relative date (or clocks) and similiar working.



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Jermolene commented Dec 22, 2014

Hi @Drakor I believe that what we need is a way for the widget refresh mechanism to keep track of a "minimum time until next forced refresh". Each widget would have the opportunity to set or lower the limit. Then at the end of the main refresh cycle we'd set a timer to force the refresh. If an ordinary refresh occurs in the meantime we'd reset the timer.

One difficulty is that there's nowhere obvious to store this running state as we do the refresh processing.

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