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

Blake Girardot HOT/OSM blake.girardot at hotosm.org
Fri May 27 02:43:30 UTC 2016

On Mon, May 16, 2016 at 3:49 PM, Nicholas Doiron
<nickd at codeforamerica.org> wrote:
> 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 right.
> 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:
> https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/pull/3087
> Thanks,
> Nick Doiron

Hi Nick,

Did I say that sounds great already, because it does. Thank you very much!

And thank you for all the additional suggestions from those that have
shared their pain points and ideas for improvements or changes in this
thread and in the past.

Andrew Wiseman (of Wu Tang FOIA fame :) collected them together and we
reviewed how they fit in the existing github issues. Then myself,
Mikel, Andrew and Bryan, the main iD developer,  sat down and went
over them all in detail earlier in the week.

We talked about them from various angles and it went great. There was
a lot of overlap between HOT and iD feature requests in general (which
is what you would expect really) that was already in the works or
planned to be worked on soon.

And for some of the somewhat HOT unique items, we talked about goals
of the item and what things it impacted and what other mechanisms
might address the same needs goals for the item and found some simple
things that already exist and we might just tweak to include some more
specific or general cases. We tried to think of a way to address as
many issues as possible in a reasonable and smart way if we could. And
I think we all came out of the meeting feeling like we had made a lot
of progress toward doing that.

Some things will come out sooner than others, like the imagery layer
switching is already out, But do expect some UI changes to be coming
as well, nothing major, for example a tool bar is coming to the bottom
of the screen, do not tell anyone :)

Thank you for your time Bryan, Mikel and Andrew


Blake Girardot
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
President, HOT Board of Directors
skype: jblakegirardot
HOT Core Team Contact: info at hotosm.org

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