[OSM-dev] proposal to kill areas

Joerg Ostertag openstreetmap at ostertag.name
Thu Jul 20 20:23:56 BST 2006

> > Wouldn't you just keep those as segments until you had mapped the
> > area, and then create the way (area) at that point? Or create a way
> > for 'lake edge', and gradually expand it until it was an area?

I personally would prefer, if an area always has to be closed. and all 
segments have to be ordered. This would make rendering and working with them 
a lot easier.

> It may never happen if part of the lake shore was in a restricted area.

You think of restricted as in: 
 - You cannot go there 
 - You don't even see it on the satellite photos?

> That shouldn't have to prevent describing the rest of it.

Every lake/sea/area I ever remember could be well seen on the satellite photo. 
And those lakes/areas where I couldn't go around all the way; can be very 
well estimated by looking at them from one corner. If that was not enough to 
draw the border I still have the streets/tracks outside of the area to get a 
guess where the area has to end.



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