[OSM-talk] Namefinder syntax
david at frankieandshadow.com
Fri Nov 28 12:57:15 GMT 2008
Just to take us away again from the rather specific topic of place name
searching to generalise a bit, I am toying with the idea of making the
search less syntactic (albeit it is a simple somewhat naturalistic
syntax at present) and more analytic (based on context) to try to
determine exactly what it is you're looking for. The "Washington, D.C."
example is a classic with the comma and periods that people will
naturally type and I think I should be able to cope with.
The most common search is for just a place name, but people also put in
full street addresses, or qualify by US state (as this is a common thing
to do linguistically, "Portland, ME", but is well-nigh impossible to do
from the data just in in OSM at present) and so on.
To this end can I ask for crowd source help again.
I'd like to gather together a collection of street address formats from
around the world. Some countries put house numbers after the street
name, some put postcodes before the town name and so on.
Could you add examples from your own countries to this page please:
PS Thank you to everyone who has added to the translations page
Italian is a notable absentee so far in European languages (Norwegian
among others is also missing). But we're really short on non-latin
languages: Russian, Chinese, Japanese, indo-chinese languages, Hebrew,
Arabic, Hindi and so on.
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