getTimezoneOffset() will subtract your time from GMT and return the number of minutes. So if you live in GMT-8, it will return 480.
To put this into hours, divide by 60. Also, notice that the sign is the opposite of what you need – it’s calculating GMT’s offset from your time zone, not your time zone’s offset from GMT. To fix this, simply multiply by -1.
Also note that w3school says:
The returned value is not a constant, because of the practice of using
Daylight Saving Time.
The most popular (==standard?) way of determining the time zone I’ve seen around is simply asking the users themselves. If your website requires subscription, this could be saved in the users’ profile data. For anon users, the dates could be displayed as UTC or GMT or some such.
I’m not trying to be a smart aleck. It’s just that sometimes some problems have finer solutions outside of any programming context.
There are no HTTP headers that will report the clients timezone so far although it has been suggested to include it in the HTTP specification.