[tz] [PROPOSED PATCH 1/4] Prefer +-NN notation for UT-offset time zones in comments.

Ian Abbott abbotti at mev.co.uk
Wed Aug 24 14:56:15 UTC 2016

To me, UTC-1 looks too much like a traditional Unix TZ value with negated 
offset, leading to possible confusion about the direction of the offset. My 
personal preference would be to use the ±HHMM format (with non-negated 
offsets), as that is more recognizable as an offset.

On 24 August 2016 12:40:16 p.m. Robert Elz <kre at munnari.OZ.AU> wrote:

>     Date:        Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:55:42 -0700
>     From:        Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu>
>     Message-ID:  <1471996545-960-1-git-send-email-eggert at cs.ucla.edu>
> I am not a fan of this change in general, I think UTC-1 is both more
> common, and less ambiguous than -01 (from the latter it isn't even
> obvious that the expression has anything to do with time offsets)
> but this change in particular ...
>   | -# Zhongyuan Time ("Central plain Time") UT+8
>   | +# Zhongyuan Time ("Central plain Time") -08
> cannot be right.
> kre

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