[OSM-dev] API 0.7+: Split node concept?

SteveC steve at asklater.com
Tue Oct 12 20:49:01 BST 2010


Seems like there are far more interesting things to do than that.


On Oct 12, 2010, at 1:45 PM, Chris Browet wrote:
> I am wondering (I wonder a lot lately ;-)) if some have already given a thought to the fact that nodes actually represent 2 different concepts in the current api:
> - a node in the geometrical sense, i.e. used to define a linestring/way
> - a POI
> 
> Wouldn't keep the "node" element only for POI (i.e. with tags) a better idea? E.g something like this:
>   <node version="0" lon="3.5348711" lat="54.1945783" timestamp="2010-10-12T12:35:18Z" user="" id="-9" >
>     <tag k="highway" v="traffic_light"/>
>   </node>
>   <way version="0" timestamp="2010-10-12T12:35:02Z" user="" id="-2">
>     <point lon="3.5317073" lat="54.1929773"/>
>     <nd ref="-9"/>
>     <point lon="3.5377391" lat="54.1960297"/>
>   </way>
> 
> Seems to me that it would:
> - be less confusing, both for consumers and editors
> - save db space
> - save memory/CPU cycle on the consumer side
> 
> What do you think?
> 
> - Chris -
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