[Feature Request] Enhance usability of oem-config time zone picker by adding more U.S. southern cities

Bug #371509 reported by Jerone Young on 2009-05-04
This bug affects 1 person
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ubiquity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Today the timezone screens will allow you to choose a region or city, though this is still difficult for many to tell which city or region they should choose to get the correct time zone.

Many cities, such as Austin, Texas, are not even listed the of cities. To handle this many other Operating Systems allow the user to select the exact timezone from a drop box. This drop down box whould have clear timezone names such as "Central Standard Time (CST)".

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Jerone Young (jerone) on 2009-05-04
visibility: private → public
Jerone Young (jerone) wrote :

Discussion on this at UDS. Explination was the rest of the world does not think in time zones.

Though still the problem of choosing a region around Austin, TX will give you an Ubuntu update server in Mexico.

Possible solutions is to have better logic for places in the US or even add places such as Austin, TX to the map.

Jerone Young (jerone) on 2009-06-29
summary: - [Feature Request] Enhance usability of the Timezone screen in oem-config
+ [Feature Request] Enhance usability of oem-config by adding more U.S.

There seem to be many major U.S cities not on the map for different regions in the US. The real issues are :
           - For these time zone regions you will have a city way far north or south and the closest
             city to your region is in Mexico or Canada. So you end up with a update server in those

In the U.S some key cities on the map that are not there are (these being big tech cities also):

              - Austin, TX (*cough* Dell HQ *cough*)
                    * When you click in the central Texas region, you end up with a city in Mexico.
              - San Francisco, CA
                    * When you click here you get Canada
              - Seattle Washington, WA
                    * When you click here you get Canada
              - Los Alamos, NM
                    * When you click here you get Mexico.
              - Orlando, FL
                     * When you click on Florida region, you end up in the Bahamas

Seems to mainly be that many Southern U.S. cities where left out.

summary: - [Feature Request] Enhance usability of oem-config by adding more U.S.
+ [Feature Request] Enhance usability of oem-config time zone picker by
+ adding more U.S. southern cities
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

I don't feel that the appropriate solution to this bug is to add more cities. The denser the cities are, the more people will get upset and/or confused that their local city isn't included, and eventually the page will turn into an unusable forest of dots. IMO, we need to be quite firm about keeping the UI under control here. We use city information from tzdata which is exactly the right density for the data we actually need to gather, and I'm not happy about going beyond that.

I suspect that a better fix for the actual bug as reported would be to try to do a better job of selecting a city in the same country as the region in which you clicked (although there would have to be some fuzz for smaller countries; this is a lot less obvious in Europe than in North America, for instance). If there's still confusion after that, it can be clarified textually.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2009-07-16
affects: oem-config (Ubuntu) → ubiquity (Ubuntu)
Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2009-07-16
tags: added: oem-config
Michael Terry (mterry) wrote :

I just committed a fix for this that adds an invisible line between US and Mexico (thanks to Ken Wimer). So now the first click near the southern US border should always give you a US city.

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubiquity - 1.99.13

ubiquity (1.99.13) karmic; urgency=low

  [ Colin Watson ]
  * Update translations from Launchpad.
  * Upgrade to Automake 1.11.
  * Recent versions of intltool need GETTEXT_PACKAGE. It's great that that
    new requirement was documented nice and clearly. Oh, wait ...
  * Update desktop translation files against new source text; all languages
    need some retranslation work.
  * Update imported translations from gtk+2.0 2.17.7-0ubuntu3.

  [ Roman Shtylman ]
  * fix for (LP: #413159). Acceptable for feature freeze, but still needs
   work and further review
  * fix for (LP: #420226)

  [ Evan Dandrea ]
  * Fixes to the slideshow code.
  * Automatic update of included source packages: flash-kernel
    2.13ubuntu9, hw-detect 1.72ubuntu4.

  [ Michael Terry ]
  * Add Venezuela timezone (UTC-4.30)
  * gtk: Start cycling through cities on the second click, not the third
  * gtk: Don't have clicks on Texas use a Mexican timezone by default
    LP: #371509

 -- Evan Dandrea <email address hidden> Sat, 29 Aug 2009 13:22:52 +0100

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in dell:
status: New → Fix Released
Changed in somerville:
status: New → Fix Released
no longer affects: dell
Timothy R. Chavez (timrchavez) wrote :

The bug task for the somerville project has been removed by an automated script. This bug has been cloned on that project and is available here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1305940

no longer affects: somerville
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