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  1. JDK
  2. JDK-7087304

[zh_CN]DateFormat: Incorrect hour representation in standard time format pattern

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    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: P3
    • Resolution: Won't Fix
    • Affects Version/s: 7
    • Fix Version/s: 8
    • Component/s: globalization
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      Description

      Java: 5, 6, 7 all have this problem. It's not a regression.

      In S. Chinese(zh_CN), When the time of the date is at 0:00, the midnight of a day, and using DateFormat to format the date object, the output woulde be
      ShangWu 12:00, rather than 00:00. This is very misleading in Chinese, because in China, there is no covention that localized 12:00 am means 0:00 at midnight.

      In FormatData_zh_CN.java, ah is used in DateTimePattern. This follows the standard time pattern in CLDR. I check the national standard for date and time in China, GB/T 7408-2005. There is no hour based on 1 to 12. hh means 00 to 24, not 1 to 12 or 0 to 11. So, in zh_CN, HH should be used to replace ah in standard time pattern. This change also fits the national standard.

      I also reported the defect to unicode.org via http://www.unicode.org/reporting.html.

      Attached is the source code of the program that can reproduce the problem in zh_CN, zh_TW, and ko. I am sure that it's a defect in zh_CN because I am the native speaker and check the national standard published by the government, but for zh_TW and ko, I am not sure.

      The bug report I submitted to unicode is also attached.
      Confirmed with language specialists that this problem is zh_CN only. Current time format is OK in zh_TW and ko.

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            yhuang Yong Huang (Inactive)
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            yhuang Yong Huang (Inactive)
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