Re: [Tzdist] Next step

Cyrus Daboo <cyrus@daboo.name> Mon, 19 October 2015 18:56 UTC

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From: Cyrus Daboo <cyrus@daboo.name>
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Subject: Re: [Tzdist] Next step
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Hi Deborah,

--On October 19, 2015 at 11:50:14 AM -0700 Deborah Goldsmith 
<goldsmit@apple.com>; wrote:

>> 2) In conjunction with the IANA tzdb folks, define a media type that
>> describes the "zoneinfo" file format (either a direct binary
>> representation or, say, a JSON representation of that) so that tzdist
>> servers can directly provide the zoneinfo file data that many OS's use.
>
>
> Is anyone working with the ICU project to come up with a way to make it
> and tzdist work together?

No - but that is something we talked about at the CalConnect meeting in 
Amsterdam a few weeks ago. I definitely think it would be good to have a 
tzdist client incorporated directly into ICU so anyone using libicu could 
gain the benefit of incremental zoneinfo updates. Obviously there is a lot 
more to it than that - but I think it would be a worthy goal.

There was also talk at some point of having IANA run a tzdist server as a 
way of "bootstrapping" use of the protocol - that might be a pretty big 
commitment if we really wanted it to scale as a "primary" tzdist server.

-- 
Cyrus Daboo