Talk:UTC offset

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I'm placing this table of "current times" on the talk page, pending clarification from Tim Starling. It's only good through 12/31/2006 anyway.

ERROR. By US Law, the rules changed at the end of 2007-02-28, presumably at midnight local time. Note that in an international medium dates need to be given in an international frorm. Eschew FFF. (talk) 15:06, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Template:US time 2017

On second thought, it seems okay. I'm going to incorporated it, unless Tim finds that it slows down the server. --Uncle Ed 16:47, 21 April 2006 (UTC)

Can this be extended to cover all the worlds time zones? Not everybody lives in the USA.--Tivedshambo (talk) 06:54, 25 June 2006 (UTC)


The "This page was served on (current time) UTC doesn't seem to be accurate. Actually, it doesn't even seem to be changing when I refresh the page. I've cleared my cache and cookies, also. I think it either should be fixed or removed. (talk) 04:59, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Looks like the wikipedia page updates in batches. This table should be replaced with something that doesn't cleverly try to update the time. Other non-american time zones can be added at that point. DavidRF (talk) 20:37, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Zone & Offset[edit]

Page has "Many time zones employ two time offsets, one for standard time and one for daylight saving time.". That's literally true, but not well put. Summer Time is not a zone-wide matter. Note that, if there were to be an additional place in a temperate part of the UTC+10:30 zone, then there would probably be a zone with three offsets. (talk) 15:32, 14 July 2008 (UTC)


I have replaced "in Greenwich, England" with "(GMT, approximately)". By UK Law, we still in principle use GMT-based time in the UK, not UTC-based - so our UTC-based time signals are not legal. More importantly, the civil time in Greenwich is advanced one hour in Summer.

The term GMT really means GM solar T, and was introduced before Summer Time was instigated. (talk) 21:37, 17 October 2008 (UTC)


I've seen clearer instructions on government forms. (In the army, they had to give us classes on how to fill them out. I deleted the confusing parts, namely the entire body of the article.

In the next few days, I'll dredge it out of history and make it clear, if no one else has the time before then. --Uncle Ed (talk) 03:40, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

  • Mea culpa, I just realized that I myself created this article 5 years ago! (And it still sucks.) Well, I guess there's no one else to blame, so I better fix it. --Uncle Ed (talk) 21:40, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Relation of offsets to time zones[edit]

A time zone is a place. A time offset is a number of hours and minutes. I can't believe that people are getting area confused with quantity, but that's life for you.

Half the reference information I see on the Internet uses the UTC offset to identify time zones. Is this pushback against the US-led NATO designations? Zulu time is "zero" offset from Greenwich Mean Time, and various letters of the alphabet are used for the other Nautical time zones.