[tz] KyivNotKiev

Paw Boel Nielsen paw at boel-it.dk
Thu Nov 26 13:29:11 UTC 2020

Or maybe 'as would be in common usage in American English at the time the tag was created'

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From: tz <tz-bounces at iana.org> On Behalf Of David Patte
Sent: 26 November 2020 13:06
To: tz at iana.org
Subject: Re: [tz] KyivNotKiev

A thought came to mind after reading similar emails for a few years. 
Perhaps a minor change should be made to the spec. Perhaps it should say that the zone 'tag' is the 'tag' given to the zone 'as would be in common usage in American English in 1980'. The last portion will ensure that newer spellings in English should no longer be expected to be supported.

On 2020-11-26 06:57, Lester Caine wrote
> Stop using timezone id tags as if they are names to be displayed to 
> third party users. The chicken and egg problem that has to be fixed is 
> that the id tags are ONLY intended to be used to access the data and 
> other databases use that tag to call up timezone rules but any display 
> to the end user SHOULD be provided WITHOUT reference to the id tags.
> It is now getting to the point when perhaps the request to strip all 
> 'english' tags and replace them with numeric id's, but that is an even 
> bigger BC break than simply using old established keys internally in 
> the TZ database!
> While software programs cut corners by using the internal id tags as 
> if they are accurate location information we will have this continuous 
> request to keep changing names that SHOULD be handled at the client 
> interface level.

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