Re coming Russian-Belarusian-Ukrainian timezone change

Yury Tarasievich yury.tarasievich at
Fri Sep 23 20:37:56 UTC 2011

On 09/23/2011 09:45 PM, Tim Parenti wrote:
> The notion of perpetually calling this "summer time" (as EEST) or
> "forward time" (as EEFT) is silly, since it's observed as the same
> standard year-round.  If one were to ask a reasonably knowledgeable
> person on the street for their current time and time zone, I doubt

Isn't this going too far? Silly, indeed? One 
might call silly, or at least unbased, the 
assertion of "FET" being "the most reasonable 
and thought-out proposal thus far". Reasonable? 
Not because it replaces the *established* "EE.T" 
pattern to something completely different? 
Thought-out? Not because of the "F-" prefix 
being something which "might do for now"? 
Because somebody haven't seen nothing better" 
(better how)?

Frankly, I thought the tzdata purpose is to 
provide short and reasonably informative 
denotations of the timezones, for the software 
which requires such entity. What person on the 
street might know about such denotations is, 
frankly, unimportant. What person using the TZ 
entities might know of this, is, on the other 
hand, of some importance.

After all, why bother with abbreviated 
denotations at all? GMT+3 might nicely do for 
Europe/Minsk etc. But if there has to be such 
thing as the abbreviature, let it make sense to 
its users in the first place.


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