[tz] Australian time zone abbreviations

Shaun Bouckaert shaun.bouckaert at gmail.com
Tue Nov 8 05:31:21 UTC 2011

On 8 November 2011 15:20, Shaun Bouckaert <shaun.bouckaert at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for the research Edwin.
> Considering that the Federal Government, ABC, SBS, Bureau of
> Meteorology, and several large national newspapers (with a few
> anomolies) all use the same notation, I would say that a fairly well
> established standard exists. Perhaps it is the ambiguity caused by the
> absence of the 'A' that lead to organisations coming up with things
> like ADST. Given the existing use of the Axxx acronyms, the fact that
> the Federal Government itself has defined the timezones as such and
> the fact that there are bugs in software due to the ambiguity with the
> American timezones, and finally, the fact that the only arguments
> against it have been that the states haven't defined them in
> legislation (was this proposed as if it somehow invalidated the
> federal governments opinion?), it's hard to argue against it. As for
> the confusion you've encountered Greg, perhaps if the Axxx labels were
> used, less people would be confused and not be making up acronyms like
> [snip]

I meant to also add, probably a significant amount of the current
usage of EST is due to the fact that that is how it is currently
expressed in the tzdata, as opposed to any conscious decision or style


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