[tz] [bug] phrasing in Theory

Ian Abbott abbotti at mev.co.uk
Fri May 3 08:58:51 UTC 2013

On 2013-05-02 22:15, Alan Perry wrote:
> On 5/2/13 1:58 PM, random832 at fastmail.us wrote:
>> On Thu, May 2, 2013, at 15:46, Tobias Conradi wrote:
>>> "The daylight saving time rules to be used
>>> for a particular time zone are encoded in the time zone file"
>> Should read: ...encoded in the time zone rule file.
> Except that they are called 'time zone data files' in the tzcode README ...
>> Since evidently certain people are unable to understand anything other
>> than perfect pedantic precision in describing things.
> The documentation of the tz database sometimes uses inconsistent
> terminology and doesn't spell everything out like a formal standard or
> most industry specs would.  Does it need that now?

It would be nice to have some consistency in terminology.  Sometimes 
it's hard to tell immediately if a piece of documentation is talking 
about the zic input files or the output files (which *may* be a good 
thing as it forces you to think about it).  Having some sort of glossary 
of terms and sticking to it would be a nice thing to have, but obviously 
not at all urgent.

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