[tz] permanent DST and North American time zone names

Paul Goyette paul at whooppee.com
Wed Mar 16 15:42:40 UTC 2022

On Wed, 16 Mar 2022, Tim Parenti via tz wrote:

> On Wed, 16 Mar 2022 at 11:10, John Sauter via tz <tz at iana.org> wrote:
>> The problem, of course, is that we won't know ahead of time what
>> abbreviations to use.  A reasonable guess, however, is that people will
>> continue to use whatever abbreviations they have been using.
> Complicating matters somewhat is that, because of the prevalence of tzdb,
> in a sense we're "victims of our own success".  That is, whatever we end up
> picking will likely show up fairly automatically in a lot of public-facing
> places, and so even if it isn't what the public would've naturally used in
> the immediate aftermath of a change, many will be fairly quickly informed
> by what they start to see, and may start adopting and spreading whatever
> nomenclature we've picked.

Let's get really creative (and confusing) and switch to


Oh, no, that means we'd end up back in the business of inventing
zone abbreviations.    :)

So maybe we switch to <+n> nomenclature until boots-on-the-ground
can provide more-or-less definitive "common usage" abbreviations.

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