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

Matthias Julius lists at julius-net.net
Tue Dec 29 04:09:07 GMT 2009

Roy Wallace <waldo000000 at gmail.com> writes:

> On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 11:47 AM, Matthias Julius <lists at julius-net.net> wrote:
>> 'up/down' is in there to be able to tag an incline where the exact value
>> is not known.  Adding '_steep' would allow to differentiate a little.
>> Of course, what is steep and what is not is subjective - just like
>> surface quality.  I just don't want to loose any semantics compared to
>> the highway=incline tags.
> But that's my point - sure, you don't want to lose "semantics" i.e.
> "meaning". But IMHO "steep" is *meaningless*.


It is at least as meaningful as 'smoothness=good|bad|horrible'.

>> Validators could warn about ambiguous incline tags, though.
> Yup I think this is the best solution. Unless, of course, nobody
> *wants* to tag incline=* on nodes :) But assuming they do, they should
> be able to.

Of course, everyone can tag what he wants anyway.  The question is what
we want to encourage.


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