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How is timezone handled when using a custom field with datetime type

  • 3 April 2023
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We are looking to build some custom fields with datetime values.  When we insert them as variables into a message are they timezone aware?

 

The person asking me about this is creating a template and wants to insert a custom field of datetime and wants to know when the message based on the template is sent how will the datetime values show?

 

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Best answer by jason 3 April 2023, 20:10

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Hi Tom,

Yes - the Message Template should render the datetime in a timezone-aware way, presenting the timestamp with a timezone indicator. The datetime value itself is stored as a unix timestamp, so its timezone-agnostic. 

Below are some screenshots showing the same Message Template reply (including an Account datetime custom field) to the same recipient from two different timezones:

View from Australian Eastern timezone

 

View from US Pacific timezone

 

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