[tz] TZ file comments UTF-8? Bastardized HTML? (was Re: Busingen revisited)

Ian Abbott abbotti at mev.co.uk
Tue Jan 15 10:03:05 UTC 2013

On 2013-01-14 23:50, gunther Vermeir wrote:
> On 01/14/2013 11:45 PM, Ian Abbott wrote:
>> On 14/01/13 19:32, John Hawkinson wrote:
>>> Ian Abbott <abbotti at mev.co.uk> wrote on Mon, 14 Jan 2013
>>> at 18:16:55 +0000 in <50F44B97.4000808 at mev.co.uk>:
>>>> with:
>>>> # Since 1998 Joseph S. Myers has been updating
>>>> # and extending this list, which can be found in
>>>> # History of legal time in Britain
>>>> # (<http://student.cusu.cam.ac.uk/~jsm28/british-time/>).
>>> I find this whole bracketting annoying and tough to deal with
>>> when copy-pasting URLs. What's wrong with no special markup at all:
> +1, also for UTF-8 (no BOM) in comments only without the HTML entities /
> tags etc etc and non-comment parts of the files to be restricted to
> plain-old ASCII until there is a compelling need.
>>> # History of legal time in Britain
>>> # http://student.cusu.cam.ac.uk/~jsm28/british-time/.
>> Well is that punctuation at the end of your URL part of the URL or
>> not?  It's fairly obviously not in that case, but not always so.  The
>> brackets help to delimit the URL.
> Thunderbird seams to think it's not part :)

Thunderbird seems clever enough to copy URLs that have been 
line-wrapped, as long as they are bracketed by angle brackets. :)

But this is a plain text file and not subject to line wrapping, so the 
point is moot.

> It is for humans in any case, maybe simply "require" to have an URL
> always need to be surrounded with 2 spaces (U+0020) ?

That works too, and I've done it myself before, but the space before the 
punctuation looks a little odd.  I just happen to prefer angle brackets. 
  Call me weird if you like. ;)

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