FW: Australian DST abbreviations causing business problems - still

Eric Ulevik eulevik at gmail.com
Tue Aug 26 22:54:54 UTC 2008

On Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 7:23 AM, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:
> For abbreviations, it's not clear whether "AEDT" or "EDT" is
> more common, though I suppose "AEDT" has a slight edge.
> I'd like to hear more from Australian correspondents on this before
> thinking about specific changes, though.

A federal government web site (eg. http://www.australia.gov.au/Time)
is not authoritative as the time in states is strictly a right of the

The terms 'summer time' and 'daylight saving time' are widely used.
'Australian' as a prefix would be very unusual, as it is commonly
understood. Abbreviations typically omit the 'A'.


"EST denotes Eastern Standard Time. Summertime or daylight saving time
is commonly expressed as EDST (eastern daylight saving time)."



My guess would be that AEDT is becoming more prevalent on web sites
which are built using systems trying to cover global time zones (eg.
as a dateline in a news story).


Eric Ulevik

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