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PC Week Online April 17, 1996 6:00 PM ET
Daylight-saving time bug found in Netscape browser

By Charles Cooper

Netscape Communications Corp.'s engineers may wind up losing a bit of sleep before it's all over, but the company says it is still working around the clock to fix what it calls the daylight-saving time bug.

"We're working frantically to get a fix as soon as possible -- as soon as our engineers can get the fix done," said Netscape spokeswoman Chris Holten.

"It popped up in some newsgroups last week," said Holten. "Our marketing department didn't hear about it until a few days later. The fact that customers feel it's a really critical bug makes it a really critical bug."

The bug affects the way Netscape Navigator 2.0 and 2.01 handle daylight-saving time, according to company officials.

The officials said that problems crop up when users attempt to refresh home pages that have changed more than once an hour.

Netscape said version 2.02 of Netscape Navigator, expected to be released within the next few weeks, will eliminate the problem.

Meanwhile, Netscape, based in Mountain View, Calif., has posted three workarounds on its home page (http://home.netscape.com/misc/DST_err.html).

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