[tz] Australian Timezone Abreviations - Next step

Sanjeev Gupta ghane0 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 27 00:14:43 UTC 2012

On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 9:29 PM, Robert Elz <kre at munnari.oz.au> wrote:

> The obvious name, if we were to insist on qualifying zone abbreviations
> wth references to location, would be "American Eastern Standard Time"
> (etc) - abbreviated as AEST...   After all it applies in both Canada
> and the US, so USEST would require a CEST for what is essentially the
> same thing, and doesn't it also apply in parts of Latin America?
> So, AEST for Australia and AEST for the US/Canada etc.

Not complete enough!

What about using the ISO-3166 2-letter abbrev (the ISO codes are already in
the distribution, iso3166.tab )?


   - USEST
   - CAEST
   - AUEST
   - etc

This should be unambiguous enough, I think.

This could be extended, for historical contexts, with ISO-8601:

   - VECST-20110612 (Venezuala Time, as changed on 12 June 2011)
   - VECST-20120801 (etc)

and so on.

> Or we just leave well enough alone, and leave things as they are.

Oh.  Well, if you are going to take the sensible approach ...

I think the issue is simple:  "While taking no position on the advisability
and necessity of unique or user-friendly timezone abbreviations, this is
not in the mandate of Mr Olson's group".

Sanjeev Gupta
+65 98551208     http://www.linkedin.com/in/ghane
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