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[ProgSoc] General timezone (Java Question: Timezone)
On Fri, Feb 25, 2000 at 01:09:45PM +1100, Bryn Price wrote:
> TimeZone tz = TimeZone.getTimeZone("AET");
Well at least Java gives Australia a semi-sensible name for its
zone... one thing that really SHITS me about the Linux timezone system
is that the Australia/Sydney zone abbreviates to EST which could be
``Eastern Standard Time'' (i.e. no daylight saving) or could be
``Eastern Summer Time'' (i.e. only daylight saving). Also the Melbourne
zone and a bunch of others also abbreviate to EST despite not being
the same as each other with respect to their daylight saving behaviour
(NB historical daylight saving counts too). Plus, about a third of the
USA is also on EST which is their East coast not ours! Thus when you
see a date like:
Fri Feb 25 15:29:54 EST 2000
You can be quite sure that it means nothing at all.
I would guess that Java has just given the whole of Australia's East
coast one zone and to hell with daylight saving -- let people get confused
and maybe they will give it up as a bad joke. In the meantime the linux
zones have to find some decent three letter abbreviations. For a start,
the T in EST and AET is pretty stupid because we already know it is a
time, I suggest SYD for Sydney, that shouldn't conflict with much.
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