Corrections of zone.tab for CN entries
Oscar van Vlijmen
o.van.vlijmen at tip.nl
Tue Sep 25 15:16:13 UTC 2001
If you start with 2 and would like to arrive at 5, you'll have to add 3.
This is a solid rule with no exceptions.
Choosing the best city representing a region is according to the tz-Theory
file a process governed by a solid rule, but it looks really silly if there
is in a China database-part no reference to Beijing. Choosing Shanghai
because it happens to have a larger population than Beijing is following the
rules far too strictly.
The same can be said for Viet Nam: Saigon is larger, but capital Ha Noi
would be a more logical choice.
Yes I know, we discussed this already from 2000-09-26 to 2000-10-05.
But, look at this example. Africa tz-file. South Africa: Cape Town is the
legislative capital, Bloemfontein is the judicial capital, Pretoria is the
administrative capital. Guess what? The tz-database has Johannesburg as
representative city. Why? According to the UN Population Count website
(http://www.un.org/Depts/unsd/demog/ctry.htm) Johannesburg has fewer
inhabitants (712507) than 'winner' Pretoria (854616), but Pretoria has not
been chosen for the tz-database.
So there exists an exception from the solid Theory-file rules. Why not
Beijing and Ha Noi as other useful exceptions?
"Eastern Turkistan (Turkestan), Uyghuristan, Uyghuria, Chinese Turkistan,
Xinjiang, Sinkiang, Uyghur Autonomous Region."
(WWW Virtual Library for Eastern Turkestan.)
Beijing time, China time.
I get the impression that 'Beijing time' is used by Chinese sites with an
English section, whereas 'China time' is used by some American sites.
For those who are interested: a nice overview of the pinyin & tongyong
(amongst others) romanizations:
Oscar van Vlijmen
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