[tz] Ambiguous abbreviations for Australian timezones when daylight savings is in affect

Tim Parenti tim at timtimeonline.com
Tue Apr 2 19:54:43 UTC 2013

On 2 April 2013 15:39, Clive D.W. Feather <clive at davros.org> wrote:

> Please bear in mind that the "D" means nothing to most people in the
> English-speaking world - "Daylight Saving" is an American construct that is
> both meaningless and not used by the rest of us.
> I would actually suggest that the Australian abbreviations be "EST" and
> "ESuT" if we were going in that direction. (But I'm still in favour of
> status quo.)

A very valid point.  I'm sure the suggestion of "D" comes about from its
current use in many (but certainly not all) English-speaking countries that
observe DST and the fact that it's very much different from "S".  From that
standpoint, "ESuT" is an equally viable (if a bit awkward) abbreviation.

However, I'm certain there is *no* documented use of "ESuT" as an
abbreviation within Australia; whereas there is at least *some* existing
usage of "(A)EDT" et al.  Clearly, "the rest of us" who don't use the term
"Daylight Saving" excludes at least some Australians.

Tim Parenti
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