Time Zone Localizations

David Keegel djk at cybersource.com.au
Sun Jun 13 07:49:03 UTC 2004

There are general rules for choosing TZID names and various other things
in the "Theory" file within tzdata. 

I'm not sure if that helps Mark, because I'm not really clear on exactly
what sort of specifications he is looking for.

But in any case, newcomers seem to have difficulty finding things like
the naming conventions in the Theory file.  It might be worth putting
pointers to the Theory file from tzcode and the zone.tab file from tzdata
in places like 
and maybe the README for tzcode.  Perhaps there should even be a short
README for tzdata and/or ftp://elsie.nci.nih.gov/pub/.

] The latter is what we need; it needed be a long document, and I'd be glad to put
] together a draft for your consideration.
] Mark
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] ----- Original Message ----- 
] From: "Paul Eggert" <eggert at CS.UCLA.EDU>
] To: "Mark Davis" <mark.davis at jtcsv.com>
] Cc: <tz at lecserver.nci.nih.gov>
] Sent: Fri, 2004 Jun 11 23:33
] Subject: Re: Time Zone Localizations
] > "Mark Davis" <mark.davis at jtcsv.com> writes:
] >
] > > we can't point people to a document that they can read, that
] > > describes a specification.
] >
] > I don't see why not.  If you want a list of Olson TZIDs, you can make
] > a copy of zone.tab, and point people at it.  Or if you want the
] > specification for the zic input file format, you can make a copy of
] > the zic man page, and point people at that.  This stuff is all in the
] > public domain.
] >
] > On the other hand, if the existing documentation is not enough for
] > your needs, then it might be helpful if you could write something that
] > will do the job, and contribute it back to the mainline distribution.
] > Documentation is often the hardest job in volunteer efforts like
] > these, and I'd welcome any good contributions in this area.

 David Keegel <djk at cybersource.com.au>  http://www.cyber.com.au/users/djk/
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