[tz] [PROPOSED 2/2] Prefer “°” to “degrees” when quoting source saying former
martin.burnicki at meinberg.de
Tue Jan 24 08:52:18 UTC 2023
Hm, I don't think that using the degree symbol instead of something like
[deg] or [degree] in source code (message texts or comments) is a good
idea because the degree symbol is part of the extended character set
which depends on code page currently selected by the user, and thus may
be displayed correctly, or not.
In one of my own projects which originates in the time when MS-DOS was
current, I had used the degree and other symbols of the extended
character set both in log message texts and in comments.
If you look at those log messages or source code today with tools
running on Windows, Linux, etc. these symbols were mostly displayed as
garbage characters, so I just replaced them with "deg" etc., which is
plain ASCII and thus always displayed correctly.
So exactly the opposite of what is proposed here.
Just my 2 ct, though.
Paul Eggert via tz wrote:
> africa | 2 +-
> antarctica | 2 +-
> 2 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/africa b/africa
> index cfb9283c..90018808 100644
> --- a/africa
> +++ b/africa
> @@ -1210,7 +1210,7 @@ Zone Africa/Windhoek 1:08:24 - LMT 1892 Feb 8
> # https://libsysdigi.library.illinois.edu/ilharvest/Africana/Books2011-05/3064634/3064634_1914/3064634_1914_opt.pdf#page=27
> # "On January 1st , a universal standard time for Nigeria was adopted,
> # viz., half an hour fast on Greenwich mean time, corresponding to the meridian
> -# 7 [degrees] 30' E. long."
> +# 7° 30' E. long."
> # Lloyd's Register of Shipping (1915) says "Hitherto the time observed in Lagos
> # was the local mean time. On 1st January, 1914, standard time for the whole of
> # Nigeria was introduced ... Lagos time has been advanced about 16 minutes
> diff --git a/antarctica b/antarctica
> index f02755ae..fc603e99 100644
> --- a/antarctica
> +++ b/antarctica
> @@ -292,7 +292,7 @@ Zone Antarctica/Rothera 0 - -00 1976 Dec 1
> # but that he found it more convenient to keep GMT+12
> # as supplies for the station were coming from McMurdo Sound,
> # which was on GMT+12 because New Zealand was on GMT+12 all year
> -# at that time (1957). (Source: Siple's book 90 Degrees South.)
> +# at that time (1957). (Source: Siple's book 90° South.)
> # From Susan Smith
> # http://www.cybertours.com/whs/pole10.html
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