[HOT] Request: Suggestions for improvements to iD OSM Web Editor

Nicholas Doiron nickd at codeforamerica.org
Mon May 16 13:49:26 UTC 2016

Related - I've been adding right-to-left language support for iD OSM
editor. It was already translated to Arabic and Persian/Farsi, but
typically sites flip their UI, so our main sidebar would appear on the

We've got most technical parts done, so now we would much appreciate some
fluent speakers looking it over. Please get in touch or connect me with
interested mappers!

Discussion and code here:

Nick Doiron
On May 16, 2016 9:00 PM, "Blake Girardot HOT/OSM" <blake.girardot at hotosm.org>

> Hi Everyone!
> HOT is putting together a list of possible improvements or changes to
> the default OSM web editor iD that might help improve and ease typical
> HOT and Missing Maps OSM editing. As part of that process we would
> like to get ideas from the greater HOT and Missing Maps community.
> A few things already on the list and near the top of priorities for HOT
> are:
> * A building tool that would make drawing squared up (and round)
> buildings just a few clicks (this is close to being done already)
> * Customizable presets for typical or special HOT/Missing Maps
> projects (already in process, but not close to done)
> * Support for switching between two imagery sources (this is close to
> being done already)
> But we would love to hear more ideas and feedback from you about ways
> that iD could better help support HOT and Missing Maps type of mapping
> projects as well as very very new OSM mappers that often work on our
> projects.
> Please let us know things you think iD might be able to do to help new
> mappers or mappers that work on HOT / Missing Maps projects.
> Obviously there is limited development time available so most things
> will not be done in the short or medium term, but let us see together
> if there are any quick wins we might be able to identify.
> Also please share your feedback on things you had problems with or saw
> other mappers having problems with even if you do not have a
> suggestion for how to actually address those issues.
> We will then take all those ideas and working with the iD Github
> repository issue/feature tracking make some requests to the iD
> developer. Yes, I said "developer" as in 1 person who does the bulk
> (not all, but most) of the iD maintenance and development, Bryan
> Housel. You can imagine he gets pulled in a lot of different
> directions by the greater OSM community and he has to balance a lot of
> needs and concerns. But Bryan has always been very open to suggestions
> and feedback and concerns about the iD editor and that is why it is
> the great tool it is.
> The iD OSM Web Editor will always first and foremost be a general OSM
> editor so some things will just not be possible, but we are quite sure
> we can find some things that will help HOT/Missing Maps and be of use
> to the greater OSM mapping community as well. Our goal is to identify
> those things and help get them implemented through feedback and
> testing and maybe even some code contributions if anyone is interested
> in doing that.
> So as I said, please, if you have a few minutes to share some thoughts
> on the iD editor it would be most appreciated.
> Cheers,
> Blake
> ----------------------------------------------------
> Blake Girardot
> Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
> Vice President, HOT Board of Directors
> skype: jblakegirardot
> HOT Core Team Contact: info at hotosm.org
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