[tz] Pedantic correction to Theory regarding size of time zone names
howard.hinnant at gmail.com
Sun Jul 16 01:28:27 UTC 2017
On Jul 15, 2017, at 9:24 PM, Tim Parenti <tim at timtimeonline.com> wrote:
> On 15 July 2017 at 21:02, Howard Hinnant <howard.hinnant at gmail.com> wrote:
> I recommend simply changing the 14 to 17.
> No. The 14-character restriction comes from early Unix.
> To be a bit pedantic in return, two sentences later, the guideline refers to "Exceptions: see the discussion of legacy names below." At line 157: "Older versions of this package defined legacy names that are incompatible with the first rule of location names, but which are still supported." This includes Canada/East-Saskatchewan. Further, at line 135: "Do not change established names if they only marginally violate the above rules."
> In general, the rules in Theory reflect how zones should be managed moving forward, not necessarily how they always were.
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