[tz] Ethiopia local time

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSw.ab.ca
Thu Oct 11 21:05:35 UTC 2018

On 2018-10-11 11:03, Steve Allen wrote:
> On Thu 2018-10-11T12:12:21-0400 Tim Parenti hath writ:
>> On Thu, 11 Oct 2018 at 10:49, Paul Eggert wrote:
>>> To my mind this is more a localization preference than an independent
>>> time zone.
>> …which, again, is why I suggested specifying that tz starts numbering the
>> hours from midnight.
> "midnight" has no meaning at South Pole station, nor on the ISS, and
> very little meaning at McMurdo other than how tired the supply crews
> from Christchurch are likely to be.  At those places the hour 00
> designates when the calendar day and date change.
> The concept of midnight is itself a localization of us temperate zone
> folks, and the word "midnight" has no place in tz other than in a
> footnote explaining the origin of the simplifications codified in the
> underlying tz model of time and date.

Might want to add some FAQ entries in the HTML docs around:
-	the working language of the list being English, as per ICANN Language Policy
(can't find a similar IANA statement);
-	non-English names spelled as commonly used in English native language locales;
-	midnight and noon used to mean 0000 and 1200;
-	the charset encoding for file text data being US-ASCII;
-	UTF-8 used in some comments for clarity;
-	other statements to clarify practices;
-	links to entries in other languages making official statements about time
zones or summer/daylight saving observance dates and times encouraged;

and put descriptive English FAQ ids in HTML files at these statements
(preferably para/div level, fallback to sentence/span level) so they may be
referred to in replies, and used as a basis for applying moderation of excessive
posts beating dead horses (of which many of us may have been guilty at times).

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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