[LEAPSECS] ITU-R SG7 to consider UTC on October 4
michael.deckers at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 11 02:42:56 EDT 2010
On 2010-08-10 04:01, Rob Seaman wrote:
> On Aug 9, 2010, at 2:55 PM, Michael Deckers wrote:
> > The text of European Directive 2000/84/EC of 2001-01-19 is
> > issued by the EU in 22 languages, all with equal standing.
> > For the time scale determining the beginning and end of
> > summer time, these translations refer to:
> > -- Greenwich time in 4 cases (EL, ET, HU, LV)
> > -- Greenwich time with GMT in parentheses in 1 case (SV)
> > -- Greenwich mean time in 5 cases (EN, FI, LT, MT, SK)
> > -- Universal time in 5 cases (ES, FR, IT, PT, RO),
> > -- Universal time with GMT in parentheses in 1 case (PL),
> > -- World time (a term for UT according to the IAU) in 2 cases
> > (DE, NL),
> > -- World time with GMT in parentheses in 1 case (CS),
> > -- World time with UTC in parentheses in 1 case (DA), and
> > -- Universal coordinated time in just one case (SL).
> > (Thanks to Steve Allen who first did this comparison.)
> > In my opinion, this shows that the Directive does not
> > intend to prescribe the time scale.
> Doesn't this show even more clearly that to the EU's translators
> there is no distinction whatsoever between "Greenwich Mean Time"
> and "Universal Time" in all these variations?
Yes, I think so. Mean solar time (GMT), Earth rotation time
(UT), and UTC are all close enough to allow for that. It is
the proposed redefinition of UTC that would make this
identification grossly incorrect.
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