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

Derick Rethans derick at derickrethans.nl
Thu Jun 3 16:23:49 UTC 2021

On Wed, 2 Jun 2021, Steffen Nurpmeso via tz wrote:

> 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.

FWIW, the issue here isn't about the naming of zones. It is about 
removing historical data of one country, and replacing it by the 
historical data from a different country.

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

I don't hate ships.


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