Fwd: [OSM-dev] proposal to kill areas

Nigel Magnay nigel.magnay at gmail.com
Sat Jul 22 13:54:19 BST 2006


> So if you request a tiny bbox of a small part of a village, in a forest, in
> the Borough of Medina on the Isle of Wight would you expect to get the area
> that describes the forest, and an area that describes the borough and an
> area that describes the whole coastline of the Isle of Wight and an area
> that describes the boundary of the whole of the EC?
>
> This is an extreme example, but you get the idea.  If you are interested in
> something that is wholly *inside* an area then you probably don't need the
> area.  If you are interested in something that is close to an area boundary
> (like a seaside town) then you probably are interested in that part of the
> area boundary that is within the bbox.  It seems to me that ways work
> perfectly for this.
>

So, it sounds to me like would be useful when making API requests to
be able to return 'this is the shape describing this area' or 'this
area applies, but you're completely inside it' in order to cull the
number of nodes being returned to the client.




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