[tz] Terminology: “Central European Summer Time” vs “Europe/Berlin”
eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Tue Apr 13 19:35:55 UTC 2021
On 4/13/21 6:54 AM, Michael[tm] Smith via tz wrote:
> In the time zone taxonomy, if the term for “Europe/Berlin” is clearly “time zone”,
The theory.html file consistently uses the word "timezone" for that,
distinguishing between "timezone" and "time zone" as follows:
"Each timezone typically corresponds to a geographical region that is
smaller than a traditional time zone, because clocks in a timezone all
agree after 1970 whereas a traditional time zone merely specifies
current standard time."
As I vaguely recall, this was after some discussion of alternative terms
for the notion, terms like "tzdb regions". All the terms had problems
(obviously "timezone" has the problem of being too close to "time
zone"), but "timezone" won the day at the time. I believe part of the
reason for avoiding the word "region" was to bypass political issues of
control of geographical regions.
In theory.html, strings like "CEST" are called "time zone
abbreviations". There is no term in theory.html for phrases like
"Central European Summer Time" as these phrases are not in tzdb. I
suppose we could call them "time zone display names" or something like that.
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