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

Steve Allen sla at ucolick.org
Thu Aug 25 05:17:57 UTC 2016

On Wed 2016-08-24T21:42:19 -0700, Paul Eggert hath writ:
> With this in mind, how about if we change that commentary to use
> "UT -01" instead, as in the attached proposed patch. This should
> be clear enough within the tzdata context.

The use of the word "Universal" comes from the 1884 International
Meridian Conference, is consistent with North American railroad time
zones of 1883, and from the 14th century onward can be differenced to
within the relevant precision with the civil time of any localities
which used equinoctial hours.  I think that matches the tzdata context.

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