Renaming Saigon to TP Ho Chi Minh

Claus Färber GMANE at
Fri Mar 21 17:49:02 UTC 2008

Robert Elz schrieb:
>   | If we were to have political links for countries, why make them
>   | based on cities at all? We could simply have Asia/Vietnam.
> That's more or less how the timezone names started out.  It changed
> because that doesn't work in general.   Sure, it would be OK for
> Vietnam, but what would America/USA mean?   (Or America/Canada ?
> etc...)

I don't think the new system really works better. It moves the problems 
from the database management to the people using it.

How do you know you're supposed to select America/Indiana/Vincennes if 
you live in America/USA/Indiana/Martin_County and not America/Indiana/ 

What happens if, e.g. Spain decides to move part of the country from CET 
(+01:00) to WET (+00:00)? Europe/Madrid would suddenly become wrong for 
all of the users without warning.
If Europe/Spain was replaced with Europe/Spain/*, users could be 
prompted to select the correct zone.


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