3.2.54. TIME([option_out [,time [option_in]]])Returns a string containing information about the time. To get the time in a particular format, an option_out can be specified. The default option_out is Normal. The meaning of the possible options are: [C] (Civil) Returns the time in civil format. The return value might be “hh:mmXX”, where XX are either am or pm. The hh part will be stripped of any leading zeros, and will be in the range 1-12 inclusive. [E] (Elapsed) Returns the time elapsed in seconds since the internal stopwatch was started. The result will not have any leading zeros or blanks. The output will be a floating point number with six digits after the decimal point. [H] (Hours) Returns the number of complete hours that have passed since last midnight in the form “hh”. The output will have no leading zeros, and will be in the range 0-23. [L] (Long) Returns the exact time, down to the microsecond. This is called the long format. The output might be “hh:mm:ss.mmmmmm”. Be aware that most computers do not have a clock of that accuracy, so the actual granularity you can expect, will be about a few milliseconds. The hh, mm and ss parts will be identical to what is returned by the options H, M and S respectively, except that each part will have leading zeros as indicated by the format. [M] (Minutes) Returns the number of complete minutes since midnight, in a format having no leading zeros, and will be in the range 0-59. [N] (Normal) The output format is “hh:mm:ss”, and is padded with zeros if needed. The hh, mm and ss will contain the hours, minutes and seconds, respectively. Each part will be padded with leading zeros to make it double-digit. [R] (Reset) Returns the value of the internal stopwatch just like the E option, and using the same format. In addition, it will reset the stopwatch to zero after its contents has been read. [S] (Seconds) Returns the number of complete seconds since midnight, in a format having no leading spaces, and will be in the range 0-59. Note that the time is never rounded, only truncated. As shown in the examples below, the seconds do not get rounded upwards, even though the decimal part implies that they are closer to 59 than to 58 . The same applies for the minutes, which are closer to 33 than to 32, but is truncated to 32. None of the formats will have leading or trailing spaces. Assuming that the time is exactly 14:32:58.987654, the following will be true: TIME(‘C’) –> ‘2:32pm’ TIME(‘E’) –> ‘0.01200’ /* Maybe */ TIME(‘H’) –> ‘14’ TIME(‘L’) –> ‘14:32:58.987654’ TIME(‘M’) –> ‘32’ TIME(‘N’) –> ‘14:32:58’ TIME(‘R’) –> ‘0.430221’ /* Maybe */ TIME(‘S’) –> ‘58’ If the time option is specified, the function provides for time conversions. The optional option_in specifies the format in which time is supplied. The possible values for option_in are: CHLMNS. The default value for option_in is N. TIME(‘C’, ‘11:27:21’) –> ‘11:27am’ TIME(‘N’, ‘11:27am’, ‘C’) -> ‘11:27:00’ The time conversion capability of the TIME BIF was introduced with the ANSI standard.

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