[tz] permanent DST and North American time zone names

Philip Paeps philip at trouble.is
Wed Mar 16 05:17:26 UTC 2022

On 2022-03-16 12:45:51 (+0800), Chris Walton via tz wrote:
> For this database I can envision four options moving forward:
> *Option #1*: ditch the three letter time zone strings and use only
> numerical offsets from UTC.
>  This is a complete cop out that says "Let's abandon our end users and 
> let
> somebody else deal with the issue".  It is my least favorite option.

This would actually be my favourite option.  The absence of these 
strings would make the offsets unambiguous and remove confusing naming 

It would also be in line with the strings have have been removed from 
the tzdb already -- the ones that were made up by the tzdb and not in 
widespread use.

I think it's too early to say / predict what strings will be in use if 
or when this legislation passes.  By doing away with the strings, we 
could also avoid adding to the confusion that will inevitably take 


Philip Paeps
Senior Reality Engineer
Alternative Enterprises

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