[tz] Fw: Asia/Jakarta timezone acronym is misleading [RECAP]

Hank W. hankw1 at austin.rr.com
Thu Feb 14 16:20:30 UTC 2013

Did Indonesia abandon their move toward having one time zone for the whole
country?  I remember reading that a majority of the population was in favor
of the change.


From: tz-bounces at iana.org [mailto:tz-bounces at iana.org] On Behalf Of Tim
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2013 16:02
To: Benny
Cc: tz at iana.org
Subject: Re: [tz] Fw: Asia/Jakarta timezone acronym is misleading [RECAP]



On 14 February 2013 01:03, Benny <bknliem at yahoo.com> wrote:

As for the English names, I propose they're changed into Western Time of
Indonesia (WTI), Central Time of Indonesia (CTI), Eastern Time of Indonesia
(CTI). According to http://www.statoids.com/tid.html the English equivalent
(translation) are: Western Indonesia Standard Time (WIST), Central Indonesia
Standard Time (CIST), Eastern Indonesia Standard Time (EIST).

Since the main idea behind this proposal is simply to avoid confusion with
acronyms commonly used in the local language, I would support simply adding
S to form WIST, CIST, and EIST.  This would be a relatively simple change
as, although the four Indonesian zone IDs have shifted offsets several
times, it does not appear that any have used DST in their historical
entries.  This would meet the goal of disambiguating from conflicting local
acronyms to the benefit of Indonesian-speaking users of this database, while
still maintaining readability to English-speaking users.


Of course, the actual display of such abbreviations in any production
software would remain largely an issue of localization.

Tim Parenti

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