[OSM-dev] Multilingual Maps Overlays

"Marc Schütz" schuetzm at gmx.net
Thu Nov 4 12:21:56 GMT 2010

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> Thanks for the interesting discussion. I know it's a astonishingly
> borderless topic (see [1]).
> What I still have in mind is to be able to produce a map with local
> names (i.e. for preserving cultural heritage).
> So I think it's time to summarize:
> * As far as I understand, I have to take loc_name (like
> <loc_name:gsw="Züri">) besides of course <name="Zürich">.

As I said, I disagree with this interpretation. In my opinion the correct tagging for Zürich would be:


An example for loc_name would be Luxembourg City, whose Luxembourgish name is "Lëtzebuerg", but which is called "d'Stad" (the city) by its inhabitants, both names being in Luxembourgish, of course. So the tagging would be:

name=??? (don't know, because there are three official languages)
loc_name=d'Stad (or alternatively loc_name:lb)

> * I think the wiki page Key:name [2] should be enhanced with more
> definitions and examples.
> * And I think [3] should at least mention loc_name somewhere in the text.

> Yours, S.
> [1] For those who can read german: Here is a large source of
> information about geonames:
> http://www.gis.hsr.ch/wiki/Lokalnamen.ch
> [2] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:name
> [3] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Multilingual_names

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