# Representing Time

### Absolute Time​

my_time = Time('2020-01-01 12:00:00 +08:00')    # absolute time.  
• constructible from different representations
• internal data does not contain the time zone
• equality: two times are equal if they denote the same point in time. Time zone does not play a role.
• comparison is also supported

### Civil Time​

my_cicil_time = CivilTime('2020-01-01 12:00:00 +08:00')  
• Data representation of both point in time and time zone (e.g. as is common in Python's datetime)
• two CivilTimes compare equal if both the point in time and the time zones compare equal

### CivilDate​

my_date = CivilDate('2020-03-27')  
• not opinionated about time zone: time zone not saved
• not equivalent to specifying an absolute time / interval: it is up to the interpretation of the consumer which points in time time / interval this corresponds to
• potentially useful for storing "sloppy" information like "date of birth" etc.