Updated Australian time zone names/strings
eggert at twinsun.com
Tue Apr 17 08:58:35 UTC 2001
> From: "Olson, Arthur David (NCI)" <olsona at dc37a.nci.nih.gov>
> Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 18:27:19 -0400
> A possibility would be to add lines such as
> Zone Australia/CST 9:30 Aus CST
> Zone Australia/ACST 9:30 Aus ACST
> Zone Australia/CXT 9:30 Aus CST/CDT
> Zone Australia/ACXT 9:30 Aus ACST/ACDT
> to the "australasia" file; this would let folks who wanted specific
> abbreviations to get them.
I can see two arguments against this approach:
* It won't work in general, as you'll need separate Zones for each
Australian state, even states that all use "CST", as the states
often have differing rules for the DST transitions.
* It opens the floodgates to everyone else who wants alternative
abbreviations for a region (e.g. the French Canadians).
Here's another possibility: add a TZ extension that would let users
substitute their own abbreviations. E.g. one might write something
like TZ='Australia/Sydney:AEST/AEDT' if one prefers AEST/AEDT. This
would also support non-English locales (e.g. the French Canadians).
There is the problem of specifying abbreviations for offsets other
than latest standard- and daylight-saving-time, but I suppose we could
specify a more-general syntax that would attack that problem too.
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