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

Martijn van Oosterhout kleptog at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 19:17:03 GMT 2008


2008/2/13 Stefan Keller <sfkeller at gmail.com>:
> I'm just trying to say that you gave here an accidental freedom to keynames.
> While for values UTF-8 is allright, which means you can give as exotic
> street names as you wish. The consequences of this are problematic for all
> those more database schema oriented applications. It's about databases, XML
> and other formats outside the "OSM farm" you described which don't rely on
> this fancy general meta schema, and it goes like this:

Do what most programs do: if you don't recognise the key, ignore it.
Think HTML. If you do recognise the key then it's irrevelent if it's
UTF-8 or not. Mapnik loads stuff into a database and just ignores
everything it doesn't understand.

Have a nice day,
-- 
Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog at gmail.com> http://svana.org/kleptog/




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