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[Bug 17857] i18n-ISSUE-92: time zone vs. time zone offset

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--- Comment #5 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> ---
Even "time zone" doesn't have enough information. What time zone is Libya in?
What time zone was it in last year? What time zone was it in in the 1980s?

If you have a time that you intend to be interpreted locally reliably in the
face of government decrees, you don't want either a time zone offset or a time
zone, you want a geographical location.


Anyway, virtually nobody uses the term "time zone" correctly. I try to use it
correctly in the HTML spec, though I'm sure I've made mistakes (and I certainly
use the terms loosely in bugs and e-mail), but I'm not going to try to explain
things in the spec in a way that requires readers to understand the difference
between an offset and a zone. The message would not get across.

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