[Python-Dev] Stdlib and timezones, again
solipsis at pitrou.net
Sun Sep 30 23:43:25 CEST 2012
On Mon, 01 Oct 2012 00:28:41 +0300
Serhiy Storchaka <storchaka at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 30.09.12 22:51, Antoine Pitrou wrote:
> > Well, no, this isn't similar. Choosing one's timezone policies is a
> > contemporary political decision, while choosing a language and its
> > alphabet is not really a decision people ever make (it's just an aspect
> > of a society's long-term evolution) - except Atatürk, perhaps :-)
> Oh, no. Choosing of alphabet (and sometimes language) is also a
> contemporary political decision. For the last 25 years new letter Ґ has
> been added to the Ukrainian alphabet, and the letter Ь changed its place
> in the alphabet.
Well, yeah, but it's not like you can do it on a whim either, and you
can't change the large body of existing text.
> Who will update the database? The developer which distributes the
> application with embedded Python can forget about the tz updates, as
> well as about non-ascii encodings. Native Unicode support in Python
> makes the second error less likely.
> Why not use the system data which are updated by the OS? I know that
> Windows also changes the clock for local DST.
If that's possible, then it sounds the ideal solution indeed.
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