Value of 'naming'

Carmine Colacino colacino at VIOLET.BERKELEY.EDU
Thu Jul 18 15:37:02 CDT 1996

At 7:45 PM 7/17/96, Jerry Bricker wrote:

>I wonder if Standard Daylight Time went over well with the world's
>various inhabitants when it was first introduced.  I'm sure there was a
>certain amount of anger and pain when individuals living by the local sun
>angle suddenly had to adhere to a system clearly devised to service an
>entire planet.  Are we talking about anything less when proposing
>standardized common names?

I do not think your analogy to be correct. Daylight Saving Time is NOT
universal (i.e. does NOT service the entire Planet). Many Countries do not
use it at all (why a tropical country should find it useful would be a
mistery to me).
In Europe the start (end end) of DST does not correspond to the dates it
starts (and ends) in the USA. I am sure, in the southern emisphere they
would prefer it to occur during our wintertime, etc. etc.
DST is not an universal standard, just like "local-names" cannot be
standardized (they wouldn't be "local-names" any more:)



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