guy at alum.mit.edu
Mon Mar 4 19:06:11 UTC 2013
On Mar 4, 2013, at 9:45 AM, Shawn Steele <Shawn.Steele at microsoft.com> wrote:
In case anyone's interested, here's the page at mozilla.org for that mailing list:
>From looking at the "Internationalization: Support for IANA time zones" thread in the March 2013 archives, one issue they have is that time zone IDs can disappear. Asia/Calcutta -> Asia/Kolkata appears to be one example.
Another issue mentioned at least in passing is the old "surprising choice of city name" issue.
As per an earlier suggestion I may have made, should we pick a bunch of numerical identifiers for all zones, make *those* the official zone IDs, leave the old names behind as aliases, and thus avoid having to worry about
1) people complaining we picked the "wrong" city for the zone name;
2) the "right" city changing due to population changes;
3) a city's name or name spelling changing;
This is at most a half-humorous suggestion.
Alphanumeric might be an alternative, as long as we don't end up using the letters for something that sounds like a city name.
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