[tz] tabs vs spaces

random832 at fastmail.us random832 at fastmail.us
Fri May 3 17:26:24 UTC 2013

On Fri, May 3, 2013, at 13:05, Guy Harris wrote:
> On May 3, 2013, at 9:49 AM, random832 at fastmail.us wrote:
> > I've been sitting on an idea for a proposal to extend the format,
> > actually, to support localized timezone names and/or keys for looking up
> > such localized information in a database such as CLDR.
> Keys such as, say, "metazone names"?
> If we could indicate what metazone a time zone is in for a given
> date/time range, that might let the CLDR not keep its own list of moves
> of time zones between metazones (see common/supplemental/metaZones.xml in
> the CLDR).
> I'd personally prefer that the tz database *not* provide localized time
> zone names;

I do agree that CLDR should be who actually maintains the names, but I
do think tzcode should provide reference code for _using_ them from C,
possibly including a tool to convert them to a non-XML format (which
should probably be packaged in CLDR's tools, rather than in tzcode -
this might need some coordination between the two projects)

Likely the metazone name would live inside the tz file, and the
localized names would exist outside of it.

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