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

Viesturs Zarins viesturz at gmail.com
Fri Jul 13 14:51:14 BST 2012

My idea is to hide the relations altogether and automatically deduce areas
from geometry.
The user would just click on enclosed area and assign tags to it, never
caring about the technical details.

In landuse mode all the lines should form areas and all crossings are
errors in data.
If there are no crossings, areas can be figured out pretty easily.
Depending on geometry they will be saved as simple ways or multipolygons..
I think I'll make some mock-ups to start a more technical discussion.

The main question now is can this concept be integrated in the editor
Richard is making.


On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM, Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> 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.
> Colin
> 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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