Html-ize the tz database?

Chuck Ellis cellis at
Wed Feb 28 14:13:08 UTC 2001

Gwillim-- Nice job with the web page, however temporary.  It is hard to
imagine this not being very useful, and (as you note) to a much broader
audience as well. The tz mapping project is in fact proceeding ahead under
Rives McDow's leadreship, and will result in a future web page(s) of its
own.  Since one of its sub-projects is an automated parser of the current tz
archive sufficient to generate a standard (RDBMS) database output, there may
well be an opportunity to share that db output with your web efforts.

Chuck Ellis

-----Original Message-----
From: Gwillim Law [mailto:gwil at]
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 4:03 AM
To: tz at
Subject: Html-ize the tz database?

Recently, this mailing list has discussed the perceived need for
standardized time zone abbreviations.  There has also been some talk about
putting the boundaries of time zones into a GIS (Geographic Information
System) format.  Several people have volunteered to help with that task.
These issues are not new; they've come up repeatedly in the past.

I've just now posted a few sample Web pages to display data from the tz
database in a more accessible format.  This applies particularly to the
geographic extent of time zones, which is hidden in comments in tzdata2000h.
I invite anyone who is interested to visit and browse around.  Questions to
keep in mind:  Are the sample pages the best way of displaying the data?
Would they be a useful resource for the other tasks mentioned above?  Is it
feasible to maintain a Web site like this in synch with the tz database?

Gwillim Law

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