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jQuery plugin to compute end-user's timezone automatically based on user's system time. No annoying timezone select menus necessary. Just add it to a hidden text field in your forms. Accounts for DST regions and works for Northern and Southern hemispheres.

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// Adapted to jQuery by David Beckwith.
// Based on a script by Josh Fraser (
// MIT License.

  jTimezone() is a jQuery plugin to compute end-user's timezone automatically based on user's system time.  No annoying timezone select menus necessary.  Just add it to a hidden text field in your forms.  Accounts for DST regions and works for Northern and Southern hemispheres.


  jQuery 1.4.2

Sample usage for the impatient:


Sample usage for patient people:

  Step 1. Copy and paste the plugin definition into your application.js file. Make sure it's inside a document-ready jQuery block.
  Step 2. Add a varchar(255) (string) column to your database table.  (Note, timezone's can change for users, because people have been known to travel.  Therefore, it makes more sense to attach the timezone stamp to things like comments, postings, etc.. -- geographically independent objects in your domain model.)
  Step 3. Add a hidden input field in the form that posts to that table.  The hidden field id can be anything -- let's say, for example:

<form ...>
  <input type='hidden' name='time_zone' id='comment_time_zone' /> 

  Step 4. Attach the timezone event handler to the "comment_time_zone" DOM element:


  That's it. Now as soon as the end-user's browser loads the page, their timezone will be filled out in the hidden text field.  When they click on submit, you can process their timezone and save it to the table.

  The format of the timezone is based on the Microsoft system time zones:

<select name='timezone' id='aaa' style='width:350px'> 
  <option value='-12:00,0'>(-12:00) International Date Line West</option> 
  <option value='-11:00,0'>(-11:00) Midway Island, Samoa</option> 
  <option value='-10:00,0'>(-10:00) Hawaii</option> 
  <option value='-09:00,1'>(-09:00) Alaska</option> 
  <option value='-08:00,1'>(-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)</option> 
  <option value='-07:00,0'>(-07:00) Arizona</option> 
  <option value='-07:00,1'>(-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)</option> 
  <option value='-06:00,0'>(-06:00) Central America, Saskatchewan</option> 
  <option value='-06:00,1'>(-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada), Guadalajara, Mexico city</option> 
  <option value='-05:00,0'>(-05:00) Indiana, Bogota, Lima, Quito, Rio Branco</option> 
  <option value='-05:00,1'>(-05:00) Eastern time (US & Canada)</option> 
  <option value='-04:00,1'>(-04:00) Atlantic time (Canada), Manaus, Santiago</option> 
  <option value='-04:00,0'>(-04:00) Caracas, La Paz</option> 
  <option value='-03:30,1'>(-03:30) Newfoundland</option> 
  <option value='-03:00,1'>(-03:00) Greenland, Brasilia, Montevideo</option> 
  <option value='-03:00,0'>(-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown</option> 
  <option value='-02:00,1'>(-02:00) Mid-Atlantic</option> 
  <option value='-01:00,1'>(-01:00) Azores</option> 
  <option value='-01:00,0'>(-01:00) Cape Verde Is.</option> 
  <option value='00:00,0'>(00:00) Casablanca, Monrovia, Reykjavik</option> 
  <option value='00:00,1'>(00:00) GMT: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London</option> 
  <option value='+01:00,1'>(+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Vienna, Prague, Brussels</option> 
  <option value='+01:00,0'>(+01:00) West Central Africa</option> 
  <option value='+02:00,1'>(+02:00) Amman, Athens, Istanbul, Beirut, Cairo, Jerusalem</option> 
  <option value='+02:00,0'>(+02:00) Harare, Pretoria</option> 
  <option value='+03:00,1'>(+03:00) Baghdad, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd</option> 
  <option value='+03:00,0'>(+03:00) Kuwait, Riyadh, Nairobi, Tbilisi</option> 
  <option value='+03:30,0'>(+03:30) Tehran</option> 
  <option value='+04:00,0'>(+04:00) Abu Dhadi, Muscat</option> 
  <option value='+04:00,1'>(+04:00) Baku, Yerevan</option> 
  <option value='+04:30,0'>(+04:30) Kabul</option> 
  <option value='+05:00,1'>(+05:00) Ekaterinburg</option> 
  <option value='+05:00,0'>(+05:00) Islamabad, Karachi, Tashkent</option> 
  <option value='+05:30,0'>(+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Sri Jayawardenepura</option> 
  <option value='+05:45,0'>(+05:45) Kathmandu</option> 
  <option value='+06:00,0'>(+06:00) Astana, Dhaka</option> 
  <option value='+06:00,1'>(+06:00) Almaty, Nonosibirsk</option> 
  <option value='+06:30,0'>(+06:30) Yangon (Rangoon)</option> 
  <option value='+07:00,1'>(+07:00) Krasnoyarsk</option> 
  <option value='+07:00,0'>(+07:00) Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta</option> 
  <option value='+08:00,0'>(+08:00) Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei</option> 
  <option value='+08:00,1'>(+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar, Perth</option> 
  <option value='+09:00,1'>(+09:00) Yakutsk</option> 
  <option value='+09:00,0'>(+09:00) Seoul, Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo</option> 
  <option value='+09:30,0'>(+09:30) Darwin</option> 
  <option value='+09:30,1'>(+09:30) Adelaide</option> 
  <option value='+10:00,0'>(+10:00) Brisbane, Guam, Port Moresby</option> 
  <option value='+10:00,1'>(+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Vladivostok</option> 
  <option value='+11:00,0'>(+11:00) Magadan, Solomon Is., New Caledonia</option> 
  <option value='+12:00,1'>(+12:00) Auckland, Wellington</option> 
  <option value='+12:00,0'>(+12:00) Fiji, Kamchatka, Marshall Is.</option> 
  <option value='+13:00,0'>(+13:00) Nuku'alofa</option> 

  The original Javascript-only version selected one of these timezones.  I decided to cut out the middle-man and put the value directly into a hidden text input field so as not to annoy the user.  I don't think any major websites ask for your timezone anymore.  They just "know" it.  Now your app can too.

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