[tz] [PATCH 0/2] Follow Australian common usage and update CST/CST to CST/CDT and EST/EST to EST/EDT etc [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Ian Abbott abbotti at mev.co.uk
Fri Apr 12 13:15:54 UTC 2013

On 2013-04-12 13:17, David Patte ₯ wrote:
> I believe both Timothy and I prefer prefer AEST over EST, but it is a
> different issue than the Daylight saving time ambiguity issue, so we
> agreed that we we should probably make only the minimal changes that
> resolved the Daylight ambiguity issue with the least changes, since it
> was more likely to be a proposal that would be accepted into tz. We
> changed only the daylight time abbreviations to end the ambiguity.
> But if the tz maintainers believe that using AEST instead of EST would
> at the same time help resolve historical ambiguities caused by older
> versions of the tz database, I am sure we could re-roll the proposal to
> better suite the preferences of the maintainers.
> Until then, what our little sub-committee has proposed will likely stand
> as is.

Fine, but I think there will be friction against changing the 
abbreviations again when they've only just been changed!

Personnally, I'd be in favour of using the 'A' prefix (although my 
opinion doesn't really count).  Even if an Australian would normally use 
EST rather than AEST in everyday conversation, I'm sure they'd still 
recognize AEST in computer timestamp output and know what it meant!

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