UTC as basis for time legislation

Paul_Koning at Dell.com Paul_Koning at Dell.com
Fri Sep 23 21:29:21 UTC 2011

Since they are the same thing, one is just an older name, why does this matter?  If you want to use a single consistent term, sure, stick to UTC.  But other than that, if you say GMT you mean the same time as if you say UTC.


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From: Clive D.W. Feather [mailto:clive at davros.org] 
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Subject: Re: UTC as basis for time legislation

Tobias Conradi said:
>> It would be interesting to find reliable indicators about whether UTC 
>> or GMT is the basis in any given region.  Even recently I've seen 
>> official decrees using the geographic terms "meridian" and "Greenwich".
> UTC used in EU law to define the start and end of summer-time:
> http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2011:083:00
> 06:01:EN:HTML

I've done this before: there's a horrible mix of GMT and UT in the different translations of that Directive, including some ambiguous cases.
And the translations don't necessarily match the legal times in the countries using those languages.

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