Hexadecimal time


Hexadecimal time

Hexadecimal time is the representation of the time of day as a hexadecimal number in the interval [0,1).

The day is divided in 10 (sixteen) hexadecimal hours, each hour in 100 (two hundred fifty-six) hexadecimal minutes and each minute in 10 (sixteen) hexadecimal seconds.

This time format was first proposed by the Swedish-American engineer John W. Nystrom in 1863. In 1997, the American Mark Vincent Rogers of Intuitor, unaware of Nystrom's system, proposed a similar system of hexadecimal time and implemented it in JavaScript as the Hexclock.

A day is unity, or 1, and any fraction thereof can be shown with digits to the right of the hexadecimal separator. So the day begins at midnight with .0000 and one hexadecimal second after midnight is .0001. Noon is .8000 (one half), one hexadecimal second before was .7FFF and one hexadecimal second before next midnight will be .FFFF.

Intuitor-hextime may also be formatted with an underscore separating hexadecimal hours, minutes and seconds. For example:

01:30:00 = 1_00_0 = .1000 ( 1.5÷24 = 1÷16 = 0.1 ) 12:00:00 = 8_00_0 = .8000 ( 12÷24 = 8÷16 = 0.8 ) 22:30:00 = F_00_0 = .F000 ( 22.5÷24 = 15÷16 = 0.F )

ee also

* Decimal time
* Metric time

External links

* [http://www.intuitor.com/hex/hexclock.html Hexclock] - local time as a hexadecimal number
* [http://www.abulsme.com/binarytime/ True Binary Time] - local time as a binary number
* [http://www.hexadecimal-time.com/ hexadecimal-time.com] - Florence Mean Time
* [http://www.steffen-eitner.homepage.t-online.de/tempilo/tempkons.htm Analogue hexadecimal clock] - Florence Mean Time


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