[tz] KyivNotKiev

Lester Caine lester at lsces.uk
Fri Nov 27 13:12:39 UTC 2020

On 27/11/2020 11:39, Andriy Ivanchenko wrote:
> I understand correctly that you do not plan to change Kiev to Kyiv?
> Do I still have to wait a while for the final decision?
> I don't understand how your system works.
> Can you write about it in more detail?

One important thing to note here is that none of the historic material 
that uses the current 'long time stable' timezone identifiers is going 
to be changed since the identifiers where correct when that material was 
created. Indeed changing the archived material could well introduce 
other historically inaccurate problems, so the existing id's need to 
remain purely for historic reasons. This then requires the addition of 
'new' id's for the same entries which results in a lot of duplication if 
every request for spelling changes and more often name changes is to be 
handled. It has been decided that it is tidier to retain the original 
id's since as has been reiterated by others these are not intended to be 
displayed, and a number of other services provide both translations and 
links to all the other unsupported location names. Programs resorting to 
using only the list of TZ identifiers are where the fault is and these 
should be taken to task for not providing a more user friendly interface 
in the language of the end user?

There is no plan to change this since it is essential to maintain 
compatibility with historic material.

Lester Caine - G8HFL
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