Time Zone Localizations

Infoman mpereira at istar.ca
Mon Jun 14 16:09:27 UTC 2004

Well (2),

1. It is never too early to start planning (even though I also plan to
retire well before 2012)

As a member of ISO TC154 which is the technical committe responsible for
"Data elements and interchange formats – Information interchange –
Representation of dates and times", I recall when the first edition was
published in 1988, we took into account what later became known as the "Y2K"
issue and addressed  it in this stanadard and the 1991 Technical

Unfortunately, most organizations (public & private sector) although given
12 years to adopt/implement this ISO standard did not and consequently spend
"billions of dollars"  working in panic mode in 1999.

2. Trust that this is a lesson learned and that the "TZ" lords of time will
ensure a smooth transition "..without affecting stability..."

3. Personally, I am very much encouraged by Arthur's willingness to stay on
for several more years. Perhaps, we should make use of this period to
address "change management" issues in a systematic manner.

best regards - Jake Knoppers

-----Original Message-----
From: Mariano Absatz [mailto:baby at baby.com.ar]
Sent: June 14, 2004 11:13 AM
To: Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI)
Cc: TZ-list
Subject: RE: Time Zone Localizations


I think 5 (or 8) years is plenty of time (within Internet standards) to be
able to find a new home for tz and make a smooth change... whithout
affecting stability...


El 14 Jun 2004 a las 9:06, Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) escribió:

> Note, though, that there is foreseeable instability if I retire in 2012 as
> planned. (More on this when we reach 2007.)
> 				--ado
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Eggert [mailto:eggert at CS.UCLA.EDU]
> Sent: Friday, June 11, 2004 9:56 PM
> To: Mark Davis
> Cc: tz at lecserver.nci.nih.gov
> Subject: Re: Time Zone Localizations
> "Mark Davis" <mark.davis at jtcsv.com> writes:
> > ftp://elsie.nci.nih.gov/pub/
> >
> > Is there a stable link to a document that we could cite as the
> > specification for the IDs, instead of just pointing to an FTP site?
> When you ask for a "specification for the IDs", do you mean "which TZIDs
> in the Olson database?" or "what syntax is allowed for the TZIDs?"?
> Either way, I'd say that the FTP site is the stable reference.
> According to my records that location dates back to April 25, 1992, so
> one of the most stable links on the planet.

Mariano Absatz - El Baby
mailto:baby at baby.com.ar
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