[Tagging] Should 'highway=incline[_steep]' be discouraged?

Matthias Julius lists at julius-net.net
Sun Dec 27 16:33:15 GMT 2009

The tags 'highway=incline' and 'highway=incline_steep' only apply to
nodes.  Therefore, they are prone to become ambiguous when more than one
way use that node.  Also, they don't have a reversed counterpart and
when the way is reversed there is a problem.

IMO, inclines should always apply to ways only and there is already a
tag for that: 'incline=*'.  This also applies to nodes currently and I
would discourage this practice as well.  Only a few nodes exist with
this tag anyway.

'incline=*' can have the values 'up/down' for cases when the exact value
is unknown.  It does not currently have an equivalent for
'highway=incline_steep'.  We can extend 'incline=*' to also allow
'up_steep/down_steep' as values.

I propose to change Map Features and the tag pages in this respect if
there are no major objections.


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