richard at systemeD.net
Tue Nov 27 12:07:37 GMT 2007
Tom Chance wrote:
> If you look at a UK road atlas they tend to have various gradations:
> * tiny village / hamlet (light, small black font)
> * large village or with services (heavy small black font)
> * small town (larger heavy black font)
> * important town (heavy yellow font on green background block)
> * city, metropololis (capitalised heavy yellow font on green background)
Interestingly (ish), the yellow-on-green signifies a "primary
destination". That is, a place which the Department for Transport
has decided that people will want to navigate to, either because of
its size or its significance as a junction. These are signposted on
all primary roads (green-and-yellow signs, the ones we call "trunk"),
subject to the usual limits of local council clue.
So Scotch Corner, which has a population of five and a dog, gets the
yellow-on-green treatment. But the fairly important town of
Northallerton nearby, and the sprawling estates of Redcar, don't.
I'd say this is an argument in favour of richer tagging. A
motorist-centric designation should have Scotch Corner highlighted
like this; a cyclist-friendly one shouldn't; so there'd need to be an
extra tag for towns if we thought that was important. That's not to
say that we shouldn't aim for more detail, but we shouldn't overload
too much on the tags we already have.
 why is it that what used to be the Department of Transport is now
_for_? Would never have worked in the days of the Ministry of War. And
don't get me started on those pubs which think the word "at" magically
makes them go upmarket, viz. "The Badger's Arse" -> "The Badger's
Arse at Lower Snodsbury".
P.S. I like "metropololis" - I can has conurbayshun?
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