[tz] Australian Timezone Abreviations (Daylight Savings Time) [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

Robert Elz kre at munnari.OZ.AU
Sat Feb 23 03:09:27 UTC 2013

    Date:        Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:00:26 +1100
    From:        Peter Stagg <P.Stagg at bom.gov.au>
    Message-ID:  <F6B9883A73AC594592041E20C59A484601C3B5A0B6E9 at BOM-VMBX-HO.bom.gov.au>

  | Is their anything I can do or say to bring some clarity to this issue
  | and perhaps resolve it one way or another?

You could look back through the archives of this mailing list so you
can see where the issue has been discussed many times before - and in
particular note that the web page you referred to in your first message
has been pointed out many times before - and see why it is irrelevant.

  | Part of the reason I'm perusing this is because I know from experience
  | that this situation frustrates many Australian developers

Much of the problem is that what frustrates developers isn't really
relevant, as they shouldn't be attempting to use the abbreviations in
any way where their being changed would make a difference.

What would be relevant would be if the end users were complaining that
they we getting shown incorrect values - but that isn't what ever seems to
happen, it is only people attempting to misuse those strings for purposes
for which they are not suited.

If your bureau want to use "correct" abbreviations, they should probably
start by contacting the various state government departments that 
actually define the time zones, and ask them what they believe should be
used - as best we have ever been able to tell, there are no defined
zone name abbreviations anywhere, just full names, which essentially never
have "Australian" in their names (which makes sense, none of the state
governments could really define what is Australian time after all) and
in most cases, use Summer Time as the name for the time when Standard Time
does not apply (not Daylight Savings Time).


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