[OSM-talk] Multilingual map
d at tucny.com
Mon Mar 9 15:28:51 GMT 2009
2009/3/9 Claudius Henrichs <claudius.h at gmx.de>
> Am 09.03.2009 13:01, D Tucny:
> > Hi folks,
> > I've been thinking about how it would be good to have the map available
> > in multiple languages... I think the easiest way to do this with what we
> > have is using a captionless base layer and transparent caption layers
> > for each of the languages... So... I put this thinking into practice and
> > put together a proof of concept at http://osm.newportcoastsoftware.com
> > There is a single base, captionless layer and 40 transparent caption
> > layers, all available only to zoom 8.
> Nice PoC, but it's surfacing some of the problems we still have with
> localization: I didn't explicitly tag the german names for countries
> where german doesn't differ from the loca "name=..." to avoid
> redundancy. I think the german layer should use these source for names
> in this order:
> 1.) name:de
> 2.) int_name
> 3.) name
> I haven't checked for the mapnik syntax to do so, but maybe you could
> render it for one language as an example.
With my first go a couple of weeks back for 8 languages I did do fallback to
at least 'name' using views as suggested on the wiki, setting this up for 40
languages however was somewhat less trivial and I felt that there would be a
benefit to being able to display languages with no fallback... I'll have a
look to see about adding additional layers with fallback...
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