[tz] [PATCH 4/4] yellow flags

Derick Rethans derick at derickrethans.nl
Thu Aug 15 09:18:37 UTC 2013

On Wed, 14 Aug 2013, Paul Eggert wrote:

> On 08/14/13 08:51, Derick Rethans wrote:
> > 2. Debian's/Raspian's "tzselect" lists for "Asia":
> This objection to this change is essentially political.
> Whether one considers the change to be a significant problem
> depends on whether one is trying to make the best technical
> change independent of politics (as I was) or is trying to
> defer to political considerations of users who look at
> internal TZ settings and might object to how they're spelled.

I did some asking with a few Croatians, and they definitely found this 

> As I think we both agree, people will get upset no matter what,
> even if we do nothing; it's more a question of how do we
> lessen the amount of future ire and work for everybody.

Not using city names for tzids would work, but I guess that ship has 
sailed a few decades ago!

> All this being said, it does seem that the recent proposed changes to 
> zone.tab do not have consensus, so as described in 
> <http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/tz/2013-August/019546.html> I've 
> reverted them in the experimental github version.  I'll try to think 
> of a gentler way of insulating this project from future political 
> issues.

Thanks - I appreciate that. In the meanwhile, have a look at this 
(pretty) map showing all the timezones: 
http://maps.derickrethans.nl/?l=timezones&lat=50&lon=20&zoom=3 (Built 
with Eric Muller's shapefiles from http://www.efele.net/maps/tz/world/)


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