[tz] Rename Ukrainian cities to their official transliterated names

Paul.Koning at dell.com Paul.Koning at dell.com
Thu Oct 4 17:18:07 UTC 2018

> On Oct 4, 2018, at 1:11 PM, Steve Allen <sla at ucolick.org> wrote:
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> On Thu 2018-10-04T10:33:55-0400 Michael Douglass hath writ:
>> Kicking it up a level is exactly what's needed.
>> There are many approaches to this but separating the tz data from names is
>> both simple and backward compatible with end consumers though it requires a
>> little work to change the data and the tools which use that data.
> I am going to disagree with this based on history.  These sorts of
> arguments about responsibility, functionality, and international legal
> and bureaucratic issues are eerily similar to the process by which the
> world got leap seconds, with the responsibility for those split
> between multiple agencies in a way that utterly obscures what is the
> goal and who is in charge.  Better to keep that all in one place that
> is clearly documented as to how it should and should not be used and
> where the alternatives are for folks who do not like the base form.

True.  But the whole timezone thing end to end, all the way to the user interface, is not intended to be managed in one place.  The top end of TZDB is (intended to be) an internal interface, not a user interface.  The problem is that some people don't bother to deliver the user interface and use the internal interface directly.  That would be ok, except for the fact that they then complain that the encoding at the internal interface isn't user friendly.  The answer is "no, and it isn't supposed to be, read the documentation".  Unfortunately, it keeps coming up N times per year.  And not everyone responds to the answer in the reasonable way that the requester did on this occasion.


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