[tz] tabs vs spaces

Shawn Steele Shawn.Steele at microsoft.com
Fri May 3 17:30:34 UTC 2013

> Actually, I suggest that we should really be discouraging people from creating alternate parsers for the zone input files than zic - those two should remain closely tied together.  From time to time we discover the need to add some new feature to the input language, doing that is really hard if all kinds of other implementations will suddenly break.

That makes it even harder?  Because presumably the code behavior changes too, which would be harder to adapt to.

IMO this seems like a further argument for XML as it's pretty easy to extend some things w/o breaking other stuff

> Further, the input file format is rather quirky, and hard to explain completely in a way that makes a lot of sense (though it is perfectly fine for zic).

I don't find that comforting or reassuring.


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