[tz] Astrakhan region got approval to change its time zone

Matt Johnson mj1856 at hotmail.com
Sun Feb 14 02:07:55 UTC 2016

I'm more concerned with end-user confusion on whether +04 means GMT+04 or MSK+04.
From: Paul Eggert<mailto:eggert at cs.ucla.edu>
Sent: ‎2/‎13/‎2016 6:03 PM
To: Brian.Inglis at systematicsw.ab.ca<mailto:Brian.Inglis at systematicsw.ab.ca>; tz at iana.org<mailto:tz at iana.org>
Subject: Re: [tz] Astrakhan region got approval to change its time zone

Brian Inglis wrote:

> I just know a bunch of people out there are cluelessly checking this string is
> upper case alpha.

We crossed that bridge many years ago, so we shouldn't be giving any such people
much more grief than we're already giving them.

There have been non-upper-case-alpha abbreviations in the tz database since
nearly day one. For example, in our repository the very first version of the
'europe' file (dated 1986) had spaces in some abbreviations, and spaces are much
harder to parse than digits or plus signs are. In the current release,
Pacific/Guam uses abbreviations that are not upper case alpha.

Also, POSIX has blessed digits and plus signs in the abbreviations for quite
some time; see <https://mm.icann.org/pipermail/tz/2001-January/011305.html>.

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