Vietnam: Saigon is deprecated, should use capital Hanoi
GMANE at faerber.muc.de
Tue Jul 10 09:42:23 UTC 2007
Andy Lipscomb schrieb:
> As was largely hashed out over China, changing to Hanoi would in fact *not* be consistent--the standard is largest city, not necessarily capital. (For example, Australia, Canada, China, India, New Zealand, South Africa, and the USA do not have explicit listings for their capital cities.) I argued that Beijing should be in because of its significance in determining Chinese-calendar dates, but lost that one. As for what to call any given city, on that I have no opinion.
As the term city is ambiguous, the standard is ambiguous and
If city is defined as municipality, the following are wrong:
Europe/London should be Europe/Birmingham
Asia/Tokyo should be Asia/Yokohama
Australia/Sydney should be Australia/Blacktown
and probably dozens others. The largest "cities" often consist of
multiple municipalities, which makes this definition insensible.
However, if city is defined as metropolitan area, the following are
Europe/Berlin should be Europe/Rhein-Rhur
Europe/Rome should be Europe/Milan
Asia/Calcutta should be Asia/Mumbai
Asia/Karachi should be Asia/Lahor
IMO, the standard should be changed from "largest city" to "most
important city". Importance would be primarily derived from the
population count but with respect to factors such as legal status (city,
capital) and views of the local population.
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