[tz] Preparing to fork tzdb

Stephen Colebourne scolebourne at joda.org
Tue Sep 21 19:33:44 UTC 2021

On Tue, 21 Sept 2021 at 17:48, Paul Eggert via tz <tz at iana.org> wrote:
> This disagreement is not about whether the data in question are
> available; it's only about which file they're in. Nothing is being
> "wiped out" or refused.

It is about more than that. The current unreleased state of tzdb is
that it favours some countries over others, such as Germany over
Sweden/Norway. It does this to a much greater extent than before. From
my perspective, that is the root of the problem here.

> I think this greatly underestimate the effort to do a complete job. We'd
> eventually need thousands of Zones.

I would imagine that most readers of this list would not want
thousands of zones. The goal of including every time-zone that has
ever been is a straw man.

I'm perfectly happy with the post-1970 rule for determining what IDs
we have so long as it results in one ID per ISO country. In addition,
at least one ID per ISO country is entitled to have full history back
to LMT, **even if it is innaccurate**.

>  [I] am UCLA teaching
professor who has institutional obligations in the areas of equity,
diversity and inclusion
> merely going back to
2021a's setup is not something we can or should do, on equity grounds.

The patch makes the equity/diversity/inclusion position of tzdb far,
far worse. Appreciating this is the first step necessary to resolving


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