[tz] Propose to improve where to find rules for "Indian/Kerguelen"

David Patte dpatte at relativedata.com
Sat May 12 03:43:48 UTC 2012

Since the subject is open, i personally have a huge issue with America/ 
being a primary timezone name. There is something jarring about 
'America/Havana' or 'America/Toronto' or  'America/Caracas'.

One has to admit that many people in the western hemisphere find it 
insulting that their cities are listed in 'America', considering how 
that handle has generally be co-opted by the USA. There are already too 
many zones in 'America' anyway, making the average person totally 
confused by the choice of 'America' as a primary group.

A very clean solution fits into this discussion. I'd personally like to 
see America split into 'North_America', 'South_America' and 'Atlantic'.

On 2012-05-11 23:12, Paul Eggert wrote:
> On 05/11/2012 07:19 PM, Tobias Conradi wrote:
>> - to create a file "indian"
> We haven't created a file like that since 1988
> (when we added "africa" and "antarctica").  If we
> add "indian" then for consistency we should also
> create "atlantic" and "pacific" and "arctic"
> as well, and move a lot of stuff around, to be
> consistent, with lots of fun decisions to make
> about borderline cases.  It's not clear that such a
> reorganization would overall be a win; these days, it
> might even make more sense to have one big text file
> than several little ones, if only to avoid
> arguments over how many files there should be and
> which entries should be in which file.


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