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I would really appreciate help and I hope my problem can be solved easily. I am attempting to display the date/time based on the user's location. I have installed the timezone.js plugin for help as well. Is there a way to convert the Jquery variable that displays the users timezone location and insert it inside the PHP date_default_timezone_set?


If there is an easier way to display the users timezone date and time please let me know otherwise this was the only solution I could find.


Thanks in advanced...


Here is my code



<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.5.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="Time/detect_timezone.js"></script>
<script src="Time/jquery.detect_timezone.js"></script>
  $('#tzvalue').set_timezone({'default' : 'America/Los_Angeles'});
Currently I have: (the timezone currently appears in the text box and below the textbox PHP echos the current time in my timezone)

<input type="text" Name="Timezone" id="tzvalue"></input>
echo "The time is " . date("h:i:sa");

What I want is:

echo "The time is " . date("h:i:sa");


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you canget  the client's timezone in JavaScript

    var curdate = new Date()
var offset = curdate.getTimezoneOffset()

will get this



The time-zone offset is the difference, in minutes, between UTC and local time. Note that this means that the offset is positive if the local timezone is behind UTC and negative if it is ahead. For example, if your time zone is UTC+10 (Australian Eastern Standard Time), -600 will be returned. Daylight savings time prevents this value from being a constant even for a given locale


so you can use this time difference to show the time in the user's time zone

more about this here


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You might want to Google jsTimezoneDetect that is a  jQuery plugin that determines Timezone based on the user's location. I would give the link here, but for some reason one of the moderator's said I was going against PHP Freaks policies when I gave a link the last time..  :confused:

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OOPS   :shrug:


Though I did create a script that grabs the timezone using PHP, Ajax and JQuery :

    <meta charset="utf-8">

    <p>Today's Date and Time is <span id="result"></span></p>
    <script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.11.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
    <script src="jstz.min.js"></script>
      $(document).ready(function() {
        var timezone = jstz.determine(),
            myTimezone = timezone.name(), // Grab my Timezone:
            params = {timezone: myTimezone}, // Create an object

        /* A serialized repesentation of an object, suitable for an Ajax Request */
        myData = jQuery.param(params);

        /* The Ajax Request */
          type: "post",
          url: "myDateScript.php",
          data: myData, // The data that is being sent to myDateScript.php
          success: function(info) {
            $('#result').html(info); // Display the result back when saved: 
        }); // End of Ajax Request:				
      }); // End of Doc Ready:


// Date & time format.
$date_format = "m/d/Y";
$time_format = "h:i A";

// Set timezone.
$timezone = $_POST['timezone']; // The Ajax Request $_POST['timezone']:
//$timezone = America/New_York';

// Get current datetime.
$date = new DateTime();

// Set timezone.
$date->setTimezone(new DateTimeZone($timezone));

// Echo current date and time... plus send the response back:
echo $date->format($date_format . " " . $time_format); 

Maybe the scripts can modify it to fit what he wants? 

Edited by Strider64
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