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The reason for this page is that I thought it would be a good thing to know how much the time difference is between your home country (or the country you're currently staying in) and the place you're going to visit.
I'd also like to include the full names of the time zones and their abbreviations (like Central European Time - CET). The problem is that one timezone can have different names in different countries or groups of countries, like Eastern Europe Time - EET and Central Africa Time - CAT which are both UTC+2.
Another thing I want to include are the countries/areas with daylight savings time (summer time) in 2004, including dates, etc...
DhDh 18:00, 22 Nov 2003 (PST)

Hmm. Being everything-in-one-easy-place guy, B-) my feeling is that time zone information should be included in the country and possibly region pages (if there's more than one time zone in the country). Just as, if I were going to Mexico, I shouldn't have to save or print a list of all long-distance phone codes just to find the phone code for Mexico, I shouldn't have to save or print all the time zones just to know the time zone in Cancun.

That said, I think this makes a valuable reference for folks doing country and region pages, so they say things like:

Quebec is in the Eastern Time Zone, five hours behind UTC in winter and four hours behind in summer.

Does that make any sense? -- Evan 19:34, 22 Nov 2003 (PST)

That does make sense. I didn't intend this page to be a "regular" one, but rather a kind of index page for general reference. I'm thinking of the sort of thing you find in guides about travel in general rather than guides about a particular destination. I do think such index pages can have their value, even if it is only to compare different destinations with one another. I have ideas for other "index pages" or "charts", such as vaccinations (see Iamat for an example), currencies, weather (Global weather guide), etc... Anyway, before I tackle one of those I'll continue with this one. If it's going to be used, good -- if not, we can always delete it. Your thoughts? DhDh 05:37, 23 Nov 2003 (PST)

I think the quick facts section should include the UTC offset. This page is useful also, but it might be a bit painful to keep them syncronised - although I guess that's the advantage of a wiki - anybody finding the inconsistency can update it. --Caffeine 10:38, 30 Jan 2004 (EST)

Daylight saving time is interesting. The date of changes varies. EU - last sunday in March, last Sunday in October. US - first sunday in April, last sunday in October. According to http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst2004a.html some change as early as February. I think this sort of stuff probably belongs in the country article however. Caroline 16:43, 31 Jul 2004 (EDT)

This article needs a more complete description of Indiana's insane timekeeping (there are three timezone/dst combinations in Indiana). WikiPedia:Daylight savings time -- Colin 17:00, 31 Jul 2004 (EDT)

But does that belong here or in Indiana? I think that belongs in the Indiana article. Caroline 17:29, 31 Jul 2004 (EDT)

Hmmm, I have an idea that agrees with my generalized laziness. Servers have pretty good timezone management utilities and nice geeks who make sure they keep in sync with the world. All the pages here are generated on the fly, but can be cached which means you cannot put a "This is the current time in this Country/Region/City" display on a page because a cached page would be wrong, but I think you could get the current UTC offset. The server nicely takes care of Daylight Saving Time concepts. Best thing is it can be automated if the database held the timezone for each country, if someone could code it, if someone would put it on the page template, if, if, if. But once done, it's done!! --Richard 2005 Jan 17 10:19 (XXX) -(800)

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