[OSM-dev] Building a friendly new editor in JavaScript

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Fri Jul 13 14:39:47 BST 2012

Great idea! If it can have a simple way of visualising 
multipolygon/boundary type relations and highlighting anomalies in them, 
it would get a big +1000000 from me.


On 13/07/2012 11:31, Richard Fairhurst wrote:
> Hi all,
> Potlatch is five years old and JOSM is over six years old. Scary, 
> isn't it?
> Lots has changed in those five years. Browsers now do natively things 
> that used to require a plugin - indeed, you might not even have the 
> plugin anymore. OSM's changed, too, from a little-known geek project 
> to this behemoth of map data used by millions every day.
> So we need another editor. Not to replace what we have now: Potlatch 
> fulfils the intermediate editor role and JOSM fulfils the advanced 
> editor role very nicely. What we don't have, yet, is a simple, 
> friendly editor as a welcoming way into OSM.
> I thought I'd start writing one.
> So: iD. Pure JavaScript, using the Dojo toolkit (which is really nice).
> It's at a really early stage of development. It doesn't save anything 
> yet, nor do any tagging, nor even let you delete things - that's how 
> early it is. After all, it'll be much better if the collective brains 
> of OSM and elsewhere apply themselves to the challenge, rather than 
> just me sitting in a room in Charlbury.
> Fancy getting involved?
> Here's the project page:
>     http://www.geowiki.com/
> And here's the source:
>     https://github.com/systemed/iD
> Throw questions at me (on dev@) or just get started and hack away. 
> Between us we can build something really good.
> cheers
> Richard
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