[tz] Official definition and origin of the term "Central European Time"
tzdb at time.is
Sat Oct 24 07:12:41 UTC 2015
Thanks for your feedback, Matt. I have added info about CEST and a link
to time.is/CEST from time.is/CET.
I prefer to avoid the abbreviation CEST, since S refers to Summer in
some abbreviations and Standard in other.
I know that many time zone names and abbreviations are inventions of
the time zone mailing list, and that some are ambiguous, and I'm not
looking to open another discussion about that.
My concern at the moment is rather about CET, which is a widely used
term. I was hoping there would be an official definition for such an
On 2015-10-24 0:29, Matt Johnson wrote:
> Keep in mind that while EU countries are aligned, other locations may
> use CET/CEST but transition on alternate dates or times, and other
> locations may be on CET all year long.
That's another peculiarity. As far as I can see from the time zone
source code, only Tunisia and Algeria (and previously Libya) fall into
this category, and I suspect they have been miscategorized. I believe
most Tunisians and Algerians would rather call their time zone West
Africa Time. Are there any Tunisian or Algerian laws or directives
binding their time zone to CET?
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