[josm-dev] Tagging Presets
frederik at remote.org
Tue Oct 16 23:12:55 BST 2007
JOSM revision 399, which can be downloaded from now on, has a
built-in palette of "tagging presets".
Many probably don't even know tagging presets. Tagging presets are a way
to wrap one or more tags (key/value) into a nice, named preset with an
icon. Not all key/value pairs must be fixed; they can also be flagged as
"ask user" (either free-form text input, or combo boxes, or checkboxes);
when the user chooses a preset, a dialog pops up and the object is
The cool thing about presets is that they can be fully configured by way
of an XML file, and multiple such files can be combined. JOSM can even
load these preset definitions from web sites.
The feature has been available in JOSM for a long time but was very
under-used. I believe that, while presets make things especially easy
for newcomers, even the old JOSM hands will find it an improvement to
(for example) have a on-shot button for a post box or so.
I have now incorporated a presets.xml file and matching icons created by
Christoph Eckert into JOSM by default, in the hope of making the feature
better known and enticing users to play with it and create their own
presets. I also hope that we will be able to build similar improvements
for the creation and maintenance of relations.
If you download the latest JOSM you should see a new "Presets" menu from
which you can select stuff. Everything in the presets menu can also be
be placed in the tool bar. In addition, there's still the old presets
drop-down in the "Properties" dialog but that will soon vanish.
If you don't like the presets menu you can either disable it in the
preferences dialog, or if you want your presets differently, you can
disable the default and make your own. (You can get the default
presets.xml file from SVN or just extract it from the jar file.)
If you read the newbies list and think this feature is good enough to be
announced there, feel free to do so.
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