[tz] Discussion in ECMA about tz identifiers in JavaScript

Arthur David Olson arthurdavidolson at gmail.com
Mon Mar 4 19:16:29 UTC 2013

> should we pick a bunch of numerical identifiers for all zones...

We could use (a variant of) the latitude/longitude coordinates in zone.tab,
although we might then get complaints about using the "wrong" coordinates.


On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM, Guy Harris <guy at alum.mit.edu> wrote:

> On Mar 4, 2013, at 9:45 AM, Shawn Steele <Shawn.Steele at microsoft.com>
> wrote:
> > In case anyone’s interested, there’s a discussion on
> es-discuss at mozilla.org (the ecmascript discussion list) about time zone
> identifiers in Javascript.
> In case anyone's interested, here's the page at mozilla.org for that
> mailing list:
>         https://mail.mozilla.org/listinfo/es-discuss
> >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;
> etc..
> 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.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/tz/attachments/20130304/8399c868/attachment.htm>

More information about the tz mailing list