FW: Incorrect time zone abbreviations for Indonesia

Scott Atwood scott.roy.atwood at gmail.com
Fri Dec 5 22:40:21 UTC 2008

The timezone abbreviations in the zoneinfo database are not, nor are the
intended to be a fully localized timezone abbreviations for end user

The Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR) project of the Unicode Consortium
is an open project for collecting and disseminating a common set of
resources for localization information.  The scope of the CLDR project
encompasses time zone information, including time zone definitions sourced
from the zoneinfo project, and display names and abbreviations for metazones
(collections of time zones that share display strings) contributed directly
to the CLDR project.

The latest release of CLDR does include localization resources for
Indonesian, but it appears to be missing the resources corresponding to the
metazone names and abbreviations for the Indonesian metazones.  Since you
seem to have knowledge about what these resources should be, I would highly
encourage you or the user who reported the problem to contribute that
knowledge to the CLDR project:


The project is currently accepting data submissions for the 1.7 release.

You can take advantage of these updated timezone abbreviations for
Indonesian by integrating CLDR into your project, or by integrating a a
project that uses CLDR itself, like ICU.


On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 9:28 AM, Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) [E] <
olsona at dc37a.nci.nih.gov> wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jason Grimes [mailto:jg at proz.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:23
> To: tz at lecserver.nci.nih.gov
> Cc: Jason Grimes
> Subject: Incorrect time zone abbreviations for Indonesia
> Dear time zone data maintainers,
> I'm a developer at ProZ.com, a website for human language translators.
> One of our users has reported that the time zone names for the time
> zones in Indonesia, specifically Asia/Jakarta, Asia/Pontianak,
> Asia/Makassar, and Asia/Jayapura, are incorrect in the current time zone
> data.
> According to her, and to the following references, it appears that these
> time zone abbreviations should be updated as follows:
> ID                 offset  current  new
> Asia/Jakarta       UTC+7   WIT      WIB  (Waktu Indonesia Barat)
> Asia/Pontianak     UTC+7   WIT      WIB  (Waktu Indonesia Barat)
> Asia/Makassar      UTC+8   CIT      WITA (Waktu Indonesia Tengah)
> Asia/Jayapura      UTC+9   EIT      WIT  (Waktu Indonesia Timur)
> References:
> http://time.kim.lipi.go.id/
> http://www.statoids.com/tid.html
> I noticed a similar bug report from 2005 but I was unable to find any
> resolution:
> http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.debian.devel.glibc/12741/match=indo
> nesia
> I hope this gives enough information to update these time zone names.
> Thanks to all of you who help to maintain this valuable resource.
> Best regards,
> Jason Grimes

Scott Atwood

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