[tz] [PROPOSED PATCH 2/2] Use lz format for new tarball
stephen.goudge at petards.com
Fri Sep 2 07:51:13 UTC 2016
> From: tz-bounces at iana.org [mailto:tz-bounces at iana.org] On Behalf Of
> Sent: 01 September 2016 17:52
> To: tz at iana.org
> Subject: Re: [tz] [PROPOSED PATCH 2/2] Use lz format for new tarball
> On Tue, Aug 30, 2016, at 20:21, Paul Eggert wrote:
> > Alexander Belopolsky wrote:
> > > If the size of data distribution is a concern, it looks like one
> > can > achieve a much better compression by simply discarding comments
> > But the comments are the best part! :-)
> It might make sense, long-term, to transition the most of the comments to a
> conventional documentation format (HTML, maybe) and host it on a website.
Please don't consider "transitioning" the comments to anywhere, that would just disconnect the comments from the very thing that they are commenting on and make it harder to use version control logs to see _why_ the data changed. I know it isn't part of the mainstream purpose of the TZ project but I find the historical data useful - at the very least, interesting - including how the perceived reliability of sources for that data change over time. It is rare to find a publically available real-life data set that illustrates such things - especially one where pretty much anyone can understand what the data represents - and that makes TZ useful as a discussion tool. A very off-topic use-case I admit, but...
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