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

Timothy Arceri T.Arceri at bom.gov.au
Tue Apr 30 01:21:48 UTC 2013

On 31/03/13 01:24, Paul Eggert wrote:

>On 03/30/13 03:34, Timothy Arceri wrote:

>> The links that I have presented in the other thread make it fairly clear that

>> all states *are* using a consistent format for abbreviations.

>I'm afraid that doesn't follow.  One can easily find disagreements

>with the contents of those links.  For example, you gave a link to the

>NSW Dept of Attorney General & Justice saying that in summer, eastern time

>is abbreviated "AEDT".  But that very web page also says, in another

>place, that the abbreviation is "EDST".  So this single source contradicts

>the assertion that abbreviations are consistently used by the NSW


>Here's that URL again:


>And the EDST-related quote from that page:

>"Daylight saving or summer time is commonly expressed as EDST (Eastern Daylight Saving Time)."

Just FYI I contacted the Department to enquire as to why they had included different abbreviations on that page and if they could clarify what abbreviation is officially used.

While I did not get a direct response to my questions I did get a reply today:

"Thank  you for the feedback which you submitted regarding abbreviations the Department uses for daylight saving on its website.

You  may  be interested to know that the Department has noted your concerns and has updated its website accordingly."

Looking at the page they have now removed all reference to EDST and have also additionally added abbreviations for all other states mentioned.


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