[tz] tzdb timezone names/identifiers and links (was: Add new timezone for Hanoi Capital, Vietnam)

Stephen Colebourne scolebourne at joda.org
Wed Feb 20 12:37:17 UTC 2019

I strongly oppose this patch. At least one zone per ISO 3166-1 is a
vital part of this project and an entirely sensible rule. It is what
users expect the project to provide.

TZDB identifiers are used incredibly widely, and are seen on many
public-facing systems. I understand that is not seen as desirable by
some here, but it is the truth. When a country splits, it is usually
for painful reasons. The idea that the half of the country should be
forced to use the old identifier simply isn't tenable.


On Tue, 19 Feb 2019 at 23:17, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:
> On 2/19/19 2:31 PM, Tim Parenti wrote:
> > So, since it's pretty clear that the "There should typically be at
> > least one name for each ISO 3166-1 officially assigned two-letter code
> > for an inhabited country or territory" guideline has been, if not
> > abandoned entirely, at least significantly de-prioritized, perhaps
> > theory.html needs an update indicating that, yes, this /used/ to be
> > considered more important, but is not any longer (perhaps going a bit
> > into the rationale), and that we don't intend to create new zones
> > anymore if that's the only justification.
> Sounds good to me; proposed patch attached.

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