[tz] Recent conversions of zones to aliases

random832 at fastmail.us random832 at fastmail.us
Mon Oct 6 13:46:20 UTC 2014

On Sat, Oct 4, 2014, at 06:15, Stephen Colebourne wrote:
> The key point to remember is that Joda-Time has been running for many
> years and has striven very hard to retain backwards compatibility.
> Converting aliases to their underlying zone has worked well over many
> years, and is far from an unreasonable approach, as it reduces the
> effect of older zones such as US-Pacific.

The effect of those zones is limited to when the user has actually
selected them. For that matter, if aliases were not normalized, you
would have _maintained_ backwards compatibility when (in principle - in
reality, that was before Joda-Time was even a thing.) the zone name was
changed _from_ those older names in the first place.

The point of aliases is to limit the impact of changes on users who
selected the old name when it was current, by keeping the behavior of
their systems the same. "Normalizing" them goes against that principle.

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