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

Stuart Bishop stuart at stuartbishop.net
Fri Apr 12 13:34:45 UTC 2013

On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM, David Patte ₯ <dpatte at relativedata.com> 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.

I believe nearly all Australians either don't care or prefer AEST over
EST, but understand your rationale. It solves the problems with
systems entirely inside Australian borders. Cross border stuff will
still need workarounds, such as international business or buggy
software written overseas, but at least it is progress.

> 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.

I think a proposal for AEST would be preferable, with a fallback to
EST, rather than attempting to divine the desires of the maintainers
and end up with the less preferred option. Or was there an opinion I

Stuart Bishop <stuart at stuartbishop.net>

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