[OSM-dev] Potlatch update

John McKerrell john at mckerrell.net
Wed May 9 16:17:57 BST 2007

On 9 May 2007, at 15:49, Shaun McDonald wrote:

> On 9 May 2007, at 14:51, Scott Walde wrote:
>> Shaun McDonald wrote:
>>> Would it be better to put the type of way in, and then have a
>>> FIXME tag?
>> I simply use FIXME as the street name.  If I know the name, but some
>> other detail is unknown, I append FIXME to the name.  It's super-
>> easy in
>> JOSM to search for all the FIXME's in the area you have
>> downloaded.  If
>> potlach were to somehow highlight any way with "FIXME" in the  
>> name, or
>> even just have that as an option, I think it would accomplish what
>> you're trying to do.
> That is possibly a better option, as it requires the least change to
> the current software. It also means that it shows up on the rendered
> maps as a street that need a name sorted and is easily visible.
> We just need to get everyone to do that same. Should we add it to the
> map features page?
> I'll remember to do this from now on.


I find unwayed segments, especially large numbers of them, a pain to  
work with. I know that a lot of them are related to the old model  
that didn't contain ways, that's fine, but I tend to think that if  
you know enough about something to put the segments in for it, you  
might as well make it a way too. Especially as when you've just  
created a lot of segments you probably have them all selected  
already. It's a lot easier to split a way into multiple new ways than  
it is to select a load of segments (now that JOSM has the "split way"  
feature anyway).

On that note though, would it be feasible for someone to knock up a  
JOSM plugin that followed paths of unwayed segments and selected them  
all to make it easier to convert old data? Perhaps you could specify  
a node at each end too so that you could make sure only the bits you  
wanted were done? So long as it only followed unwayed segments, and  
did nothing more interesting than selecting them I'm sure it would be  
good enough and not too slow, maybe set a limit of the number of  
segments to be touched to make sure it couldn't go crazy. I'm quite  
sure this should be possible but haven't had any experience of JOSM  
hacking yet so wouldn't really know where to start.


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