[tz] [PATCH 5/5] Standardize zone table comment format
eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Mon Feb 22 06:05:28 UTC 2016
This one will require a bit more thinking.
The original design goal was to run 'tzselect' on a traditional 24x80
alphanumeric screen. It was important to keep the commentary short, so as to not
overrun the columns. Switching to a more-consistent layout convention would
probably make us go over the limit.
In this way of selection, it's more important for the alternatives to be easy to
understand, than for them to be consistent. Of course consistency and ease of
understanding often go hand in hand, but not always.
Perhaps you have a different selector in mind, and in that case we might need to
consider having a portable scheme that will work with both kinds of selectors
(albeit perhaps not as nicely as a scheme tailored for your particular
selector). Am I right in my guess?
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