[Ietf-calsify] Timezone registration
lisa at osafoundation.org
Mon Aug 8 18:40:32 PDT 2005
On Tue, 02 Aug 2005 16:14:09 -0700, Doug Royer <Doug at Royer.com> wrote:
> Lisa Dusseault wrote:
>> I'm not sure what it means to say that IANA "wants to do" a registry.
>> It's my understanding that IANA implements registries (provided they're
>> technically able to) based on IETF recommendations resulting from IETF
>> review of proposals. So it would seem more important whether the IETF
>> wants IANA to do a registry (and how) and the CALSIFY WG discussion
>> raised a few important questions about that.
> I understand it to mean like Chris Newman described in the meeting.
> Register the names, leave the details to the vendors or services.
It may not be so easy for IANA to register timezones. As was pointed out
to us in the CALSIFY meeting, timezones are defined by political processes
and that's not an easy thing for IETF or IANA to get a handle on. Should
the IANA accept a new timezone registration by the King of San Francisco
on behalf of all of the San Francisco area? How would IANA verify a
timezone registration from Malheur county, Oregon? If the government of
Canada does not bother registering its timezones directly with IANA, then
who is qualified to do so on its behalf?
I know little about how to solve these problems, but I notice that the
mentions special ISO advisory committees.
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