[OSM-dev] Restrict key names on order to retain reusability of OSM

J.D. Schmidt jdsmobile at gmail.com
Tue Feb 12 04:22:05 GMT 2008

Frederik Ramm skrev:
> Hi,
>>> I just have finished a converter of OSM xml format to GML and I
>>> *BOLDLY*suggest to constrain the allowed characters of tags (=
>>> key-names) to the
>>> following XML related set:
>>> 'aAbBcCdDeEfFgGhHiIjJkKlLmMnNoOpPqQrRsStTuUvVwWxXyYzZ_' in order to retain
>>> reusability.
> There is a reason why our data format has 
> <tag k="keyname" v="value" />
> instead of
> <keyname>value</keyname>
> and that reason is allowing non-XML stuff in the key names. Or at
> least it seems like that could have been a reason. I hope nobody's
> going to come forward and tell me it was just decided over a few beers
> ;-)

Since it was defined by brits, you can bet your sweet patootie that 
beers MUST have been involved... ;)

> But I'd agree with Dutch,

Damn, there goes my perfect record.. ;)


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