[tz] Reason for removal of several TZ

Michael Douglass mikeadouglass at gmail.com
Mon Dec 4 23:18:10 UTC 2017

On 12/4/17 17:13, Clive D.W. Feather wrote:
> Brian Inglis said:
>>> I'd suggest a first step would be to provide a unique - reasonably short -
>>> opaque id for each definition. That allows us to build out a localization
>>> framework around it.
>> Feel free to write a script to mv each path to its lat/long (and create a link
>> to its previous name(s) for compatibility) as that is the only other reasonably
>> stable property of the tz db usable as a name and a l14n reference: otherwise
>> people will assume the id will always be around and mean something, as with zone
>> names, country codes, tz abbrs, etc.
> What's wrong with just labelling the present zones with randomly allocated
> letter-digit-letter codes? That gives us 6760 codes that don't look like
> city names or commonly-used abbreviations. We can then reserve
> letter-letter-digit for future expansion and digit-letter-letter for
> private use.
> As soon as people know it's lat/long, they'll try to map it to cities and
> the same arguments will start again.
Exactly - that's why I said opaque

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