[tz] [PATCH] Revert recent pre-1970 changes.

Lester Caine lester at lsces.co.uk
Mon Sep 2 18:53:15 UTC 2013

Guy Harris wrote:
> This would, ideally, involve showing people country and city*names*  (rather than showing, for example, ISO 3166 country codes), in their own languages, as necessary, and would not involve people ever having to know tzids.

I'm not quite sure what all this ream of writing was intended to explain?

Setting the timezone on a local system is not the problem. It's telling some 
remote system what that is which is currently not happening automatically ...
Yes with more modern devices we can ask for their current location, if that is 
enabled, but a large number of devices still don't have this facility, and my 
tablets don't have GPS so don't reply to a request.

Once a client logs in, the information can be provided a number of ways, but for 
anonymous clients the safest thing to do is provide a 'default' local timezone 
rather than assuming that from what is provided via the browser request. Or ask 
them where they are ...

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