[tz] 61472314_Letter from the Embassy of Ukraine
eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Mon Nov 4 07:55:55 UTC 2019
Andrii Yanevskyi, thank you for your letter of October 31 about the timezone of
First, here is a bit of background. The timezone database (tzdb) is intended as
an aid for users to help them select timezones appropriate for their practical
needs. If civil time as observed in a region is a particular offset from
Coordinated Universal Time, the established tzdb practice is to record that
region's civil time the way it is typically observed, independently of what it
ought to be. In other words, tzdb is descriptive not prescriptive, and (as
stated in its documentation) tzdb is "by no means authoritative" and "is not
intended to take or endorse any position on legal or territorial claims."
Second, here is a possible solution for the situation you describe. Because tzdb
is not authoritative, the government of Ukraine could publish a version that has
been adjusted to conform to Ukrainian law and regulations and that is
authoritative for Ukraine. That way, users who prefer Crimean time as specified
in Ukrainian law could use the adjusted copy of tzdb.
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further questions or comments.
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