[tz] EU Public Consultation summertime arrangements

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSw.ab.ca
Thu Jul 12 15:45:13 UTC 2018

On 2018-07-12 05:16, Michael H Deckers via tz wrote:
> On 2018-07-11 23:58, Brian Inglis wrote:
>> Central European Time is the English localization of various EU and North
>> African UTC+1 time zones and CET the abbreviation, all of which are referred to
>> as time zones in common usage, and by some computer systems and applications.
> A time zone is a region on the Earth's surface, as any dictionary tells us;
> but "Central European Time" is not a region but (an English name for) a
> measure of time used in one of these time zones.

Strictly speaking what I called time zones are labels, as are the tzdb paths; it
may also be used to refer to the areas in standard geographical longitudes;
legalislatively, they are whatever the politicians tell us.
Here, a time zone is a set of communities observing the same rules for
timekeeping historically, or since 1970; the communities need not be contiguous,
nor in the same country, in recent releases.

> Exact wording helps (not only) when you want to make a point with a
> legislative body.

Communication for common understanding by others with no technical background is
the goal. Defined exact wording would be desirable in legislation.

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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