[OSM-talk] Mapping canals
mike at ayeltd.biz
Thu Jan 24 12:25:00 GMT 2008
I am rabidly anti-imperial :-) yet whole-heartedly concur with Abi's
sentiments and approach. OSM is a "folksonomy" and one of the most
important things to me is to lower the bar for folks to enter data
without reading a detailed specification and without having to
perform pre-processing or pre-calculation (that is what a computer is
for). If that makes the database slightly less elegant or processing
slightly more complex, that is a sacrifice worth making.
At 01:00 PM 1/24/2008, Abigail Brady wrote:
>On Jan 24, 2008 11:26 AM, Martijn van Oosterhout
><<mailto:kleptog at gmail.com>kleptog at gmail.com> wrote:
>I'm also worried about people using gauges adding 5ft 5in somewhere,
>we should at least require decimals.
>I've tagged low bridges in Leicester with maxheight=15'0", for
>example. That's what the sign on the bridge says, that should be
>represented in the database.
>We need for the UK to keep imperial measurements in the DB. Now, I
>abhor imperial measurements and want to see us completely
>metricated, so please don't mistake me for some kind of rabid
>anti-metric person. But the signs say things in feet and inches and
>that is a fact. This discussion should not be about a bunch of
>non-UK people declaring that UK people aren't allowed to use the
>unit system the UK (regrettably) uses in the database, but instead
>it should be how this can be best done in a way that tools don't get
>too confused by.
>Please let us have that conversation. The idea of a cron job is
>slightly absurd but nontheless is a thought in the right
>direction. There are many options. I think defining a very small
>set of allowed units and formats thereof, and then sample code in
>many languages to convert these to metres/kilograms, might be the solution.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the talk