[tz] Why is `Etc/UCT` not an alias of `Etc/UTC`?

Isiah Meadows contact at isiahmeadows.com
Wed Mar 6 01:22:34 UTC 2019

And just to clarify, I was suggesting initially to do the second, make
`Etc/UCT` an alias for `Etc/UTC`.

Isiah Meadows
contact at isiahmeadows.com

On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 8:17 PM Guy Harris <guy at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> On Mar 5, 2019, at 3:21 PM, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:
> > On 3/5/19 3:07 PM, Guy Harris wrote:
> >> Is there any information about whether "UTC" or "UCT" is the more commonly used abbreviation in documents in English?
> >
> > "UTC" is far more common. For example, for me Google reports about 4,220
> > hits for the query "Universal Coordinated Time (UCT)" and about
> > 1,080,000 hits for "Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)". For Google
> > Scholar the numbers are 210 and 11,800 respectively. For Google Books
> > they are 493 and 12,500 respectively. In all cases the double-quote
> > characters were in the query.
> >
> > My vague impression is that "UCT" was formerly more popular than it is
> > now, but it's never been as popular as "UTC".
> As I suspected.
> So, yes, if Etc/UTC were to be an alias for Etc/UCT, and thus gave UTC as the abbreviation, there would probably be a lot of pushback.
> If, however, Etc/UCT were an alias for Etc/UTC, it would give UTC as the abbreviation, and there might not be much pushback from that.

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