Time zone suggestions for draft-ietf-calsch-ical-08.txt
moore at cs.utk.edu
Thu Aug 6 00:57:06 UTC 1998
> * A more consistent naming strategy for TZIDs. The current draft is
> inconsistent: for the same time zone it sometimes says
> "America-New_York", sometimes "America-New York", and sometimes
> other things like "Eastern". TZIDs are arbitrary, but a good naming
> convention can help reduce the number of errors, ease maintenance,
> and improve interoperability.
What I'd really like to see is a separate document defining
globally-scoped timezone names. That way, TZIDs don't have to be
arbitrary. I would think that such a document would want to use a
subset of the names in the Olsen database. e.g. "/US/Eastern"
> * A reference to the Olson database prior art. Many potential
> implementers don't know about this useful source, and have thereby
> propagated incorrect time zone data.
I agree that this would be useful.
> * Allow UTC offsets that are not multiples of one minute. This is
> needed for historically recent applications (e.g. the time zone in
> Liberia up to 1972).
> * The examples should be a tad more careful about distinguishing
> between US Eastern time and New York time, since there was a lot of
> confusion about the Eastern time zone before, say, 1976.
These also seem appropriate.
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