[tz] Why did you rename Russian zone name abbreviations

Alexander Belopolsky alexander.belopolsky at gmail.com
Thu Nov 3 15:27:06 UTC 2016

On Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 11:12 AM, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:

> For example, in 2014 (the last time Russian clocks changed in a big way)
> Vladivostok changed seven hours earlier than Moscow did. Given this typical
> practice, we cannot simply use "MSK+07" as the abbreviation for Vladivostok
> time, as this abbreviation would be incorrect for several hours whenever
> Russians change their clocks.

Isn't this problem worse with the UTC offset?  While Vladivostok may
deviate from from MSK+07 for a few hours around an MSK transition, the UTC
offset changes permanently.  Still, I am not advocating for MSK+HH
abbreviations.  Use of the abbreviations should be deprecated and any
change to them be considered gratuitous.  I still believe a change from
VLAT to +10 does not solve any real problem and it will inconvenience many
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