Jakarta is Indonesia West Time Not Central Time

Tim Diggins tim at red56.co.uk
Wed May 13 08:28:45 UTC 2009

Maybe I'm missing something - can someone explain what the  
abbreviations are used for - the tzdata files seem to be based on City  
or Country names (Europe/London etc), except in rare cases (that look  
to me like anomalies).

In any case there are several other commonly used timezone  
abbreviations which are ambiguous -  for example CST which is used in  
australia to mean Australian Central Standard Time, but used in the US  
to mean (US) Central Standard Time.

On 12 May 2009, at 21:22, Andy Lipscomb wrote:

> "A case could be made for translating the native time zone names   
> (Waktu
> Indonesia Barat, Waktu Indonesia Tengah, and Waktu Indonesia Timur)  
> into
> English and using abbreviations based on the translated names."
> That is exactly what the current abbreviations are. Perhaps  
> abbreviating
> Indonesia to two letters instead of one is the answer (that would  
> yield
> WIDT, CIDT, and EIDT using the ISO code). This has its own difficulty,
> however, in that the D could be misread as standing for "daylight."
> Maybe tweak the word order and use IWT, ICT, and IET?

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