vas at mpeks.tomsk.su
Wed May 25 17:28:13 UTC 2016
Paul Eggert wrote:
> > 2. Such an abbreviation is not user friendly and even borders on
> > offensive. A locality deserves a name!
> The trend is more in the other direction, as we are planning to convert
> more zones to use numeric offsets instead of using English-language
> abbreviations that are merely our invention. The idea is that the tz
> database should reflect common practice, not impose it. We started this
> with new zones like Asia/Tomsk in order to check for problems due to
> backward compatibility with pre-2001 software. So far, these problems
> have not materialized, so we have continued this with longstanding zones
> like Asia/Almaty. More work remains to be done, of course.
I did not know about this trend, but now that I know, it saddens me.
For example, in FreeBSD's tzsetup(8) in the interactive mode, the
numeric abbreviation looks unsightly, though probably harmless.
> It has been suggested that we discard invented abbreviations all at once
> rather than a few at a time. This would take a burst of effort, though.
Victor Sudakov, VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN
sip:sudakov at sibptus.tomsk.ru
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