A US software is claiming it has discovered a Year 2000 (Y2K) problem affecting the Apple Macintosh platform.
According to Pedagoguery Software, by following Apple?s programming documentation, developers may unknowingly put the millennium bug into their Macintosh software.
However, the company said the bug is met with scepticism by some Mac users who ?erroneously? believe that the platform is free from Y2K problems.
In a statement issued late last week, Pedagoguery said this belief is based on Apple?s own statement on its Web site that ?most Mac applications can handle internally generated dates correctly all the way to the year 29,940 - well past 2000. An "internally generated date" is one that was generated within a program. On the other hand, a date that is read from a computer file is not an internally generated date.
In simple terms Pedagoguery said: ?After the Year 2000, most Mac applications will work correctly, as long as you don?t open any files that contain dates.?
The company said files containing dates can cause serious problems for applications written using the date routines supplied by the MacOS. The supplied 'StringTo Date' routine currently interprets 89 as 1989, next year it will interpret 89 as 2089. Macintosh applications that use StringTo Date to read in dates from files will start showing Y2K problems on 1 January 2000.
Pedagoguery recommends users test their systems and related software to ensure they have addressed any potential problems.
Apple was unable to comment.
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