[tz] Before 1970 - proposal to change LMT
eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Mon Aug 11 14:58:40 UTC 2014
Stephen Colebourne wrote:
> All values for the far past are misleading to some degree, "more
> misleading" is subjective.
Sure, but all the same it would be weird for a user who does not know
that LMT means "approximate placeholder" to see a transition like this:
Zone Europe/Paris 0:15:00 - LMT 1891 Mar 15 0:01
0:09:21 - PMT 1911 Mar 11 0:01
for France's institution of a standard time zone in 1891. That would
appear to be a transition from a GMT-based time zone to a
let's-thumb-our-nose-at-the-British time zone, which is not at all what
happened. In contrast, the (non)-transition that's currently in the
database feels closer to what actually happened.
Yes, this is subjective, but the proposed change feels considerably more
artificial and forced than what we've got.
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