|(Warning: Present time is taken from your local clock. Please ensure it is accurate and configured properly.)|
Time elapsed since
The example URL,
http://fabpedigree.com/cntdown.htm?2020&11&3&11&0&Polls&open&in&+i&New&York&City&-i&for&+big&+u&Next&Presidential&General&Election&-big&-uillustrates how to construct your own count-down timer. (Substitute 'cd_usage' for 'cntdown' to get this version, with usage discussion.)
The part up to the '?' is constant; the remainder controls the target date/time and the message to be diplayed. Either '&' or '/' may be used as delimiters to separate parts of the time, and words of the message. Fields in order are: year, month, date, hour, minute, followed by one or more words of message. Within the message you can add Html tags: '+tag' for '<tag>' and '-tag' for '</tag>'. This is shown in the example, with "New York City" in italics, and "Next General Election" underlined and big.
Place a '-' in front of the year to get local time; otherwise UTC is assumed. Note that local time will not give the same result if you share the URL across friends in different time-zones.