[OSM-dev] Conflict management

Milo van der Linden mlinden at zeelandnet.nl
Wed Mar 19 18:34:44 GMT 2008

My gut feeling is that what troubles people in conflict area most is 
that when they look at a map from the first entry, they see the labels 
of the other party instead of their own.
If the possibility would be built into the general map at 
www.openstreetmap.org to detect the browser language and show the render 
for that particular language, half the problems would be gone.

The problems are probably not with the map editing people, they will 
have the open-source mentality, it will probably pop up when they are 
showing the map to their public and the audience freaks out on the names 
from the opposite party showing up first, before theirs.

So, enhancing the main map on www.openstreetmap.org with language 
detection and/or language selection and setting up rendering for 
different languages might do the trick. Or am I completely wrong?

Dave Stubbs schreef:
> On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 5:44 PM, Subhodip Biswas
> <subhodipbiswas at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi !
>>  Milo van der linden : its a great idea indeed ...using standard
>>  Language notation is good option...but what for language not listed
>>  ..any ideas
> You can use any 2 or 3 letter language codes:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_639-2_codes
> is it not in there?
> There's tons of examples of this kind of tagging name:cy, name:fr,
> name:en, name:ar, name:zh.
> It doesn't really work for conflict areas so well, because when
> there's serious dispute people just remove tags or delete and replace
> stuff rather than have something which doesn't represent their own
> view exist. I think this was already tried in Cyprus without much
> effect, I don't know whether things have changed much since then.
> Dave
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