[tz] event of interest: Future of Europe debates – The end of DST: how can it be placed back to the European agenda?
eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Mon Oct 25 17:29:58 UTC 2021
On 10/25/21 09:16, BASTIAN Michelle via tz wrote:
Thanks for the pointer. I don't see recordings there yet but I assume
they'll be published in due course.
If I had been there, my question would be "What will be the names of
time zones in Europe if half of Europe sticks with standard time, the
other half advances its clocks permanently, and the UK continues to
switch back and forth?" For example, will "Central European Time"
continue to mean UTC+1, or will it mean the time that Berlin observes
even thought that becomes UTC+2; or will we come up with new names for
the new time zone regime?
Naming may sound like a minor issue but whichever way it's decided, a
lot of reprogramming will need to be done. You might be surprised by how
much software out there assumes that "CET" means UTC+1 despite our
recommendations not to rely on these abbreviations.
And it's not just software that will need reprogramming: the choice of
names will affect how Europeans think about time.
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