[tz] Missing entry for Heard Island and MacDonald Islands

Paw Boel Nielsen paw at boel-it.dk
Sat May 12 00:37:11 UTC 2012

There are sources that indicate the islands in periods has been inhabited a several times in the past. In addition to this the islands has been assigned an ISO 3166-2 code and even a top-level domain. I see no reason why a zone should not be created.

Just my two cents.

-----Original Message-----
From: tz-bounces at iana.org [mailto:tz-bounces at iana.org] On Behalf Of Paul Eggert
Sent: 12 May 2012 02:14
To: Garrett Wollman
Cc: Time zone mailing list
Subject: Re: [tz] Missing entry for Heard Island and MacDonald Islands

On 05/11/2012 03:36 PM, Garrett Wollman wrote:
> The historical practice of the maintainers up to this point has been 
> that locations that are uninhabited do not get a zone.

Yes, the idea is that the tz database attempts to record common real-world practice at a location.  Local time is undefined if there are no locals.  It's like trying to define the temperature of a true vacuum.

A  goal of the tz database design is to lessen the need for arguments.  Omitting uninhabited locations is one small way to further that goal.

More information about the tz mailing list