[OSM-dev] Mosques and other features of the Muslim world

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Mon Aug 18 00:05:10 BST 2008


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Erik Johansson wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 12:38 PM, Tom Hughes <tom at compton.nu> wrote:
>>> the symbols for hospitals here are a crescent and a cross, not
>>> just a cross. Guess it will require an additional tag to specify a muslim
>>> hospital. If anyone has time to help work on new symbols for our work here
>>> in the West Bank, the contribution would be very welcome.
>> Is that really a question of the religion of the hospital? [..] or is it that a map
>> produced in a Christain country uses one symbol and map produced in
>> a Muslin country a different symbol?
> 
> Can you have different mapnik stylesheets for different
> countries/regions?  And what about hospitals that are on the border of
> such an area...

The standard OSM mapnik map is a map of the world that happens to be
produced in the UK with UK styles. There is nothing to stop others
producing maps of the world in their own local styles. I'd be quite
interested to see a map of where I live (Oxford, UK) in other styles. I
remember a while ago someone had a go at Australian styles.

The style of marking a hospital with a crescent instead of a cross is
not what should be on a UK style map, no matter where the hospital is
located, or who runs it. Similarly, if the map was produced for another
audience's style, all hospitals should be rendered accordingly.

Robert (Jamie) Munro
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