OT: Standardize TimeZone ID

From: Frank Yung-Fong Tang (ytang0648@aol.com)
Date: Fri Apr 23 2004 - 11:51:07 EDT

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    Is there any standard effort try to standardize Time Zone ID? I am not
    talking about the Time Zone which refer to a particular time (that could
    be done by GMT offset or addressed by ISO 8601) itself, but rather
    talking about an id refer to a particular time zone/ day light saving
    time rule.

    I know the de factor standard around is the one in
    "ftp://elsie.nci.nih.gov/pub/tz" . Probably people also use the timezone
    value get back from Java a lot.

    I think a standard (maybe just adopt the one
    "ftp://elsie.nci.nih.gov/pub/tz" and cleary specify it in RFC) for
    Timezone ID is important for the future common locale data repository as
    well as web services i18n.

    I know this is a little bit off-topic for Unicode, just like the one
    about locale. Maybe I should move this to w3c i18n mailling list.

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