On November 18, 1998 at 10:00, Jeff Breidenbach wrote:
Are timezone acronyms not standardized?
I could not find anything official back when I first coded MHonArc.
Do RFC's only recommend knowing a few timeszones?
Or is this a potential area for improvemnt?
Probably. I do know that there are some ambiguities. I.e. An acronym
in the USA can actually be an acronym used in another country (I
cannot remember the actual one, but I do remember a message a few
years back from a user about it).
I would guess that timezone acronyms may need to be based on locales
to be accurate. I have relied on users to define timezone mappings
suitable for their locales.
Due to the world-wide nature of email, MTAs/MUAs should avoid acronyms
in dates and always use time offsets sending/composing messages.
The receiving MUAs should have the responsibility of translating the
dates to local format for the receipients.
Note, I do welcome a more complete acronym list with offsets. I
am also interested in any acronym conflicts.