[tz] Full timezone names

Matt Johnson mj1856 at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 20 05:33:30 UTC 2015

CLDR is indeed the best resource available for  full names, particularly due to localization concerns.  AFAIK, there is no desire to replicate this in tzdb.

Abbreviations are particularly tricky.  Not only might they change per language, but there might not be any "real" abbreviation in use by people in the region.
From: William Roberts<mailto:wmr501 at outlook.com>
Sent: ‎7/‎19/‎2015 8:57 PM
To: tz at iana.org<mailto:tz at iana.org>
Subject: [tz] Full timezone names

I'm currently using the tz data that comes with PHP. Is there a way of retrieving the full timezone name from the tz database, eg. Central European Time, Eastern Standard Time etc.

So far I haven't been able to, so am using the CLDR repository which assigns a metazone to each timezone from the tz database, and from that I can get the full timezone name but it's not ideal as they don't always match exactly with the abbreviations from the tz data.

Are there any plans to enable the full timezone names to be retrieved from the tz database the same way you would the abbreviations in PHP for example, or is getting them from the CLDR repository the best way to go about it?

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