Cape Town (and most of ZA) is hard to select, as JHB is surrounded by other capitals

Bug #631188 reported by JPM on 2010-09-05
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
tzdata (Ubuntu)
ubiquity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: tzdata

Ubuntu 10.10 and all before.
Version Installed: 2010l-1

When installing Ubuntu 10.10beta "Maverick", it is very difficult to click on Johannesburg as it is very near to Maseru, Maputo, Gaborone and Mbabane. There is also no country boundaries or dots for cities on the map. In Ubuntu-netbook, one can search for a city, but "Cape Town" does not return any results. Why Johannesburg? It is not even the capital of South Africa.

What should happen: "Africa/Cape Town" should be added as a possible location to click on or to search for. People that are new to Ubuntu might not know that Johannesburg is the timezone and location to choose when in South Africa (Harare/Pretoria is the Windows one.). It is also rather difficult to find the exact spot on the map to click to choose Johannesburg, and the mouse pointer's tip is almost as big as the space between Gaborone and Johannesburg.

dazza5000 (darran-kelinske) wrote :

Confirmed. Will need to forwarded upstream.

Gustav H Meyer (inetpro) wrote :

Confirmed. I agree that it would be much easier to find Cape Town on the map and finding the correct spot for Johannesburg is definitely not easy.

Gustav H Meyer (inetpro) wrote :

Perhaps one solution could be to increase the clickable area to the whole of or a bigger part of the country of South Africa in stead of changing tzdata?

Stefano Rivera (stefanor) wrote :

I'd say this is something that shouldn't involve tzdata, but rather ubiquity. Making the country selectable, rather than picking the closest timezone-point would do the trick. (Small countries might need artificially enlarged selection areas)

Changed in tzdata (Ubuntu):
status: New → Won't Fix
Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Confirmed
summary: - Addition of "Cape Town"
+ Cape Town (and most of ZA) is hard to select, as JHB is surrounded by
+ other capitals
tags: added: usability
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