Uncertain usage/scope of a possibly standard timezone name 'MEZ-1MSZ'

Stephen A Hellberg HELLBES at uk.ibm.com
Wed Sep 10 12:11:07 UTC 2008


I'm not a member of the distribution list, although I believe my enquiry 
is covered by its scope, and I wonder whether you might be able to 
circulate my enquiry (and return any replies) as my own research has 
failed to identify an answer.

I'm trying to service a request to recognise the standard timezone name of 
'MEZ-1MSZ', but I've so far not found any documentation to support or 
define the scope if this is an acceptable POSIX TZ value and a standard 
timezone name.
The suggestion has been made that MSZ is a widely(?) employed alias (in 
some region(s) of the Gernan speaking world?) for MESZ that is standardly 
defined for "Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit" (GMT+0200); MEZ being an 
accepted acronym for "Mitteleuropäische Zeit".
And, I whilst I can find instances for the use of the standard(?) 
'MEZ-1MSZ-2' I have been unsuccessful in locating any equivalence for 
'MEZ-1MSZ' itself.  Is MSZ equivalent and a widely accepted acronym 
matching MESZ, and if so where and how typical is its use?
How does it differ to the 'MEZ-1MSZ-2' standard?

Can you/anyone advise on the practice of employing 'MEZ-1MSZ' as a POSIX 
TZ value or indeed how prevalent its use is, or in which region (likely 
related to honouring DST somewhere in the vicinity of Berlin?) and whether 
this is directly equivalent to other common/standard names, such as 
CET-1CEST?  What should its Olson equivalent be?

(Whilst my inconclusive researches have been more extensive, support for 
the above statement appears available readily here (amongst other places):

Thank you in anticipation,

Stephen Hellberg
Java L3 Service, IBM Hursley
Email: hellbes at uk.ibm.com

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