[tz] web page "How to Read the tz Database Source Files"

Bill Seymour stdbill.h at pobox.com
Tue Oct 20 12:17:52 UTC 2015

That paper can certainly be published by the IANA TZ folks.  Indeed, I was
a little surprised that Paul said that it's copyrighted.  (Maybe there's an old
version out there somewhere that's covered by the Boost license.)  In any
event, I've attached a version that says clearly that it's in the public domain.

I wrote that quite a while ago to help me understand what the files are saying,
and I'm not totally confident that I got everything exactly right.  Perhaps an
expert -- and I'm not one -- should pour over it to make sure that all the
statements in the paper are actually true. 8-)

--Bill Seymour

On Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 8:08 PM, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:
> Matt Johnson wrote:
>> This article in particular is good about describing this:
>> https://web.archive.org/web/20140221080916/http://www.cstdbill.com/tzdb/tz-how-to.html
>> It's too bad that we have to use archive.org to get at this seemingly
>> fundamental doc.  Any way we could host it along side tz-link.html in the
>> repo?
> It's copyrighted, so we can't just publish it ourselves. I'll CC: this
> message to Bill Seymour, to see whether he can't arrange to make this useful
> information available again, somewhere.
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