[tz] Dropping iso3166.tab

Scott Atwood scott.roy.atwood at gmail.com
Wed May 22 17:58:42 UTC 2013

Some devices have geolocation, which could allow users to select from a
geographically sorted list of time zones.  A graphical selection interface
can allow users to select from a map based on the timezone city coordinates
in zone.tab.  And packagers are of course always welcome to provide more
sophisticated selection mechanisms on top of the minimimal facilities
offered by tz.  The user experience of enabling effective time zone
selection by end users is already well outside the scope of the tz project.


On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM, <random832 at fastmail.us> wrote:

> On Wed, May 22, 2013, at 12:37, Steve Allen wrote:
> > I do not see kre's proposal as a great effort.
> > Technically it is no effort.
> > Yes, bureaucratically it is effort, but as kre points out,
> > international standards cannot solve the technical problems,
> > and technical problems have always been the focus of tz.
> User experience is (sort of) a technical problem. Requiring the user to
> select from a list of 418 time zones without providing any way to narrow
> it down (or from a list of 148 after only a mediocre way of narrowing it
> down) is a poor user experience.

Scott Atwood
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