[OSM-dev] exporting svg from main page (mapnik) gives huge file

MilesTogoe miles.togoe at gmail.com
Mon Feb 22 18:08:10 GMT 2010

Frederik Ramm wrote:
> Hi,
> MilesTogoe wrote:
>> we went to download a map of the world at a low zoom level 2 (which 
>> just showed continents and most country boundaries) yet the download 
>> size was huge - there wasn't any buttons or options to reduce the 
>> data levels - personally I thnk based on the scale, the data should 
>> be reduced accordingly 
> No, it isn't. You get the raw data in full resolution. OpenStreetMap's 
> "core competency" is maps with lots of detail, not simplified maps of 
> the whole world. If you want the latter, you are much better off with 
> using the public domain data from http://www.naturalearthdata.com/ or, 
> even simpler, one of the public domain choices from 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Blank_maps.

understand.  thanks for links since sometimes all we want is an overview 
map.  Still think some sort of "map-reduce" option would be nice but 
don't have the time to work on it. 

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