[Tagging] [OSM-talk] collection/street relation: which one to use?

Tom Chance tom at acrewoods.net
Thu Aug 19 17:28:29 BST 2010

On 19 August 2010 16:54, Tobias Knerr <osm at tobias-knerr.de> wrote:

> Basic address editing, however, requires more knowledge if implemented
> using relations - which is bad, because editing addresses is one of the
> most basic tasks and would otherwise be well suited for new mappers.
> "Click on the building whose address you want to add/change, then
> write/change address data in text fields" is likely one of the the
> easiest methods to present address editing, and addr:* tags offer this.
> Compared to this, creating or editing associatedStreet relations
> severely lacks usability.
OpenStreetMap is already completely unusable for 90% of the population. The
addressing system is unwieldy and complicated whether you use relations or

The solution is in making the editor UIs more usable, not refusing to use
the elegance offered by relations.

A more usable editor for addressing might, for example, offer a drop-down
list of ways to associate a new object with rather than making them manually
type in addr:street=whatever. The software could then automatically check
for a relation and create one if it doesn't exist.


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