[OSM-dev] Period In Key Names: Will It Cause A Problem?

Kevin Atkinson kevin at atkinson.dhs.org
Wed Aug 4 00:41:07 BST 2010

On Wed, 4 Aug 2010, Lars Francke wrote:

>> Will a period in the key name for a tag cause a problem?
> Generally: No.
> You were asking about database problems: No problems at all in regards
> to PostgreSQL. MongoDB is the only database I know that has problems
> with dots in keys but you'd have to escape everything anyway, so no
> problem there either.

Yeah, that is what I was asking.

>> It is proposed in:
>>  http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Tag_structures
> I'd disregard that page...but that's just my opinion.
>> I would like to use it for some custom tags I am using, namely
>> "name.prefix", and "name.full" (see below for context).  The idea is that
>> ".prefix" and ".full" is closely tied to the primary "name" key, and not
>> some other forms of name such as "alt_name".  If the properties applied to
>> the "alt_name" key than "alt_name.prefix" will be used instead, etc.
> I'd use name:full, name:prefix etc. for it. As far as I can tell it's
> pretty much established practice and you'd make _at least_ my life
> easier :)


Anyway, you don't think the distinction between Parameter and a Property 
is important?  I like the "." better, but again I don't care that much.

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