[tz] Proposal to rename time.tab to region.tab

Tobias Conradi tc at tobiasconradi.com
Wed Jul 23 14:42:40 UTC 2014

Proposal to rename
time.tab which was announced 2014-07-18

with reasoning as in
Proposal to rename zone.tab to region.tab

But since time.tab is not yet publish with the additional benefit that
there would be no file renaming for an end user.

- it is a list of geographical regions
- it is not a list of time

ftp://ftp.iana.org/tz/code/Theory says

----- Scope of the tz database -----

To represent this data, the world is partitioned into regions

For each such region,
the database records all known clock transitions, and labels the region
Uniquely identify every national region
Indicate to humans as to where that region is.
is the name of a specific
location within that region.
Uninhabited regions like
If all the clocks in a region have agreed since 1970,
even if subregions' clocks disagreed before 1970.
Use cities or small islands, not countries
or regions, [! other meaning]
The file `zone.tab' lists the geographical locations used to name
time zone rule files.  It is intended to be an exhaustive list
of names for geographic regions as described above.

Tobias Conradi
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