[Tagging] [OSM-dev] capitals; normalizing true, yes and 1

M∡rtin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Sat Feb 5 17:02:38 GMT 2011

2011/2/5 "Petr Morávek [Xificurk]" <xificurk at gmail.com>:
> Personally, I think of capital=* as a quick and dirty way to mark the
> capitals mainly of countries (and states). -)

I agree with the quick and dirty hack part, but I don't see why this
should be limited to national capitals. I am using these tags in Italy
for the capitals of the provinces as well, and it works fine for my
purpose (rendering). I see it as a simple way to mark the
administrative importance of a place, that's why I find it sufficient
to mark the most important capital role (lowest admin_level) and not
all of them.

> To tag the centre of a lower
> administrative level, add it as admin_centre role into the appropriate
> relation. No need to re-invent the wheel ;

I agree that for precise modelling the boundary relations (also
additional) are the approach to go, and that this permits to express
exactly for which area a place is the administrative center.


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