[tz] [PROPOSED] Rename internal identifiers to match RFC 8536

Stephen Colebourne scolebourne at joda.org
Mon Jun 17 19:12:58 UTC 2019

On Mon, 17 Jun 2019 at 18:23, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:
> On 6/16/19 11:50 PM, Stephen Colebourne wrote:
> > This is clearly a change to the API as seen by downstream consumers.
> > Some downstream consumers may well parse the file and look for a
> > column named "GMTOFF".
> The "GMTOFF"-to-"DSTOFF" change affects only comments, which are clearly
> not part of the API: the comments are not present in the tzdata.zi file
> that is input to zic in the reference Makefile, and they are not
> invariably spelled the same way in the source so it's unlikely they're
> (incorrectly) being relied on by downstream consumers. We could change
> ziguard.awk to change DSTOFF to GMTOFF in the rearguard format's
> comments, and this would suffice to handle the problem if it arises,
> though I doubt that it will.

Isn't it obvious that this is more fiddling for the sake of fiddling?
Why can't the project just focus on the backwards compatible capture
of date and time offsets?
I despair.

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