[tz] Pre-1970 data

Eliot Lear lear at lear.ch
Fri Nov 5 18:18:38 UTC 2021

Just on this point:

On 05.11.21 17:42, Brian Park wrote:
>     Better to stick with what we have: observe what people on the
>     ground think the time is.
> I've seen this a few times, but I don't understand it. No normal 
> person on the ground thinks their time is "America/Los_Angeles". It's 
> "US/Pacific". No normal person in Toronto thinks their time is 
> "America/Toronto". Their country is not even America. They think their 
> timezone is "Canada/Eastern". People are forced to use 
> "America/Los_Angeles" or "America/Toronto" because the TZDB forced 
> that nomenclature upon our users. It seems a mapping layer, like the 
> 'countryzone' file containing ISO-countries, would be the one that 
> provides the timezones that people use on the ground.
Second verse, same as the first: these are database keys, not user 
interface presentation.  Nobody is forced to present any database key to 
a user.  If you have locale awareness, as most modern user-facing 
systems have, you're going to be far more granular anyway.


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