[tz] Fwd: [IANA #939704] Contributions to this list

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Tue Dec 6 21:28:41 UTC 2016

For spelling, the tz database uses the the most common spelling in 
English for the city even if this is not strictly correct locally. In 
this sense Europe/Kiev is like Europe/Rome, Europe/Athens, 
Europe/Warsaw, Europe/Moscow and America/Mexico_City, all 
English-language tz names that do not match local usage. To have names 
like Kiev properly localized for use in Ukraine, I suggest using the 
CLDR translation; see:


This currently lists "Київ" for Ukrainian, "Kiev" for English, and many 
other alternatives for other languages. If these names are in error you 
might try writing to the CLDR maintainers, as this stuff is out of scope 
for the tz database proper.

You are correct that the commentary should not take a position on 
whether Crimea is a republic or an autonomous republic. Let's change the 
comment accordingly (proposed patch attached). As the database is moving 
away from inventing time zone abbreviations, I'm not inclined to change 
its time zone abbreviation to a newly-invented one like "KMT".
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