[OSM-dev] Street name abbreviations
lorp at lorp.org
Wed Mar 21 14:57:51 GMT 2007
[Resubjected from "Re: Osmarender map beautifier question"]
Regarding abbreviations, in practice I've noticed maps using a variety
of abbreviations for the same thing, depending on the space available.
For instance, Boulevard would have multiple levels of contraction:
Boulevard -> Blvd. -> Bvd. -> Bd. -> B.
Buildings -> Bldgs. -> Blds. -> Bs.
Street -> St. -> S.
The "Bs." example above occurs on the A-Z map near me; you won't find
that abbreviation in the key, only Bldgs. The map-makers seem to value
pragmatism - you can drop all but the most distinguishing part of a
name and still make some sense - over regularity or omission. Thus we
should chop the common parts of names, up to the initial letter (e.g.
S for Street), before going for our renderers' centring approach which
chops beginning and end equally.
Regarding the period, it does usually make an appearance on paper maps
such as A-Z. I think this is a good thing, reminding people they can
look it up in a key. But such maps have high enough resolution to
ensure it's not confused with something else, so I think it's best to
drop it from maps for the screen.
This list is the "General Abbreviations" from the A-Z Premier Map of
Bristol. It's a subset of the abbreviations they use, because they can
be further contracted.
They also give a similarly long list of abbreviations just for this
locality: K'wd = Kingswood, Clif = Clifton, etc.
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