[tz] Idea for internationalized time point unique time zone abbreviations

Alan Perry alanp at snowmoose.com
Wed Jun 6 17:46:00 UTC 2012

On 6/6/12 10:16 AM, Boruch Baum wrote:
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> On 06/06/2012 12:16 PM, Alan Perry wrote:
>> I thought that the abbreviations were intended to be the local
>> abbreviations used for the display of a time value within
>> particular timezones and reflect local practice.  I didn't think
>> that they were supposed to be unique.  The Zone name is unique.
>> Why does a timezone need two unique identifiers?
> I can't speak for the OP, but ...
> The attraction of the proposal to me is that there be unique
> identifiers that are easy to type, easy to work with, and that will be
> sufficiently attractive to people and mass media that they actually
> use the identifiers to the extent that what they input into a computer
> program / mobile app corresponds to something that can be parsed.
I understand why the idea is attractive.

Is the proposal to add the unique abbreviation as an additional 
attribute of the Zone or replace the existing abbreviation (the Format 


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