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

Stefan Keller sfkeller at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 11:31:19 GMT 2008


SteveC,
I acknowledge the argumentation of Jochen and Dave but I can't follow yours.
As regards me, you're still welcome to join the technical discussion.
Stefan

2008/2/13, SteveC <steve at asklater.com>:
>
>
> On 13 Feb 2008, at 08:47, Stefan Keller wrote:
> >
> > > So to recap: The current allowable characters in OSM tag names is
> > UTF8 -
> > > Deal with it, instead of trying to impose limitations into OSM to
> > make
> > > OSM data comply with YOUR requirements.
> >
> > It's not 'my' requirement, it's about "best practices". The use
> > cases are e.g.:
> > * UMN MapServer (which is at least as capable as all known OSM
> > renderers)
>
> We don't like mapserver, see mapnik.
>
> > * Almost any other XML format/XML Schema
>
> We don't like schemas, see keyvals
>
> > * Any other database, any GIS
>
> We don't like GIS, see potlatch/josm
>
> OSM is and was a break with the past. Mapserver map files, GML, WFS-T,
> strong ontologies and friends.. these top-down 'best practices' in
> general just aren't very nice. We do the best/simplest things to make
> maps. Joe User doesn't care about any of those things. Joe User wants
> to make maps. It turns out that we've been able to do everything we
> need with simple nodes, ways and tags.
>
> have fun,
>
> SteveC | steve at asklater.com | http://www.asklater.com/steve/
>
>
>
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