[tz] [bug] phrasing in Theory

Tobias Conradi mail.2012 at tobiasconradi.com
Fri May 3 11:07:02 UTC 2013

On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 10:36 AM, John Haxby <john.haxby at oracle.com> wrote:
> On 02/05/13 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?
> I don't believe so.
Any reasoning?

> We've had one person who thought tabs were important whereas common
> practice (and the code) treats sequences of tabs and spaces as white
> space separators.
That sounds more as a reason to have better documentation.

> I don't think we actually need to change anything at all with regard to
> this: the tzdata and tzcode function perfectly well.
Having better documentation to allow people understanding the IANA
time zone database better, wouldn't deteriorate that, would it?

Tobias Conradi
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