[tz] [PROPOSED] Merge timezones that are alike since 1970

Steffen Nurpmeso steffen at sdaoden.eu
Wed Jun 2 15:12:40 UTC 2021

Steffen Nurpmeso wrote in
 <20210528222347.U4cDq%steffen at sdaoden.eu>:
 |Stephen Colebourne wrote in
 | <CACzrW9BnYgeYEcnfzDyVB6J4r2i_dZfnCE5jBDC-f6pdbAB+Uw at mail.gmail.com>:
 ||This change would make sense if no pre-1970 data was available for any
 ||zone (including LMT). But instead what users get is the data of
 ||somewhere else.
 ||For example, Norway's and Sweden's time zone history is being wiped
 ||out in favour of that of Germany. Can no-one here see the political
 ||sensitivity in that?

I find it astonishing that this comes up over and over again.
Like i said in 2019, Paul Eggert once said something about numeric
IDs.  I like the idea of giving an anonymous ID to unique timezone
"paths", and instead using links which point to the paths.  You
know, what now is Europe/Berlin would be whatever airplane
registration, and Europe/Berlin /Stockholm /xy would simply point
to that, for example Europe/001.
Whereas i do not think this would stop problems (if new paths
would have to be introduced which can only be linked to one
location that someone does not want to be linked), it would not be
that apparent.

And do not get me started on the ship-hating Britons either.

|Der Kragenbaer,                The moon bear,
|der holt sich munter           he cheerfully and one by one
|einen nach dem anderen runter  wa.ks himself off
|(By Robert Gernhardt)

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