[Tagging] Wide steps

David Earl david at frankieandshadow.com
Fri Oct 7 15:50:23 BST 2011


Any suggestions as to how to represent some steps...

These steps aren't that unusual I guess, but they aren't a staircase. 
They form the edges of a piazza-like platform, running most of the way 
around it. There are only 4 steps, but they are several of them, up to 
about 40m wide: http://twitpic.com/6whcou

I could do a polygon tagged
   highway=steps
   area=yes
but then there is a problem indicating which is the incline of the 
steps, as incline=up no longer makes sense. How would you know that it 
is a wide, short set of steps rather than a long, more conventional 
staircase.

I could do a way
   highway=steps
   incline=right
to indicate that the direction of the steps is across the way rather 
than along it, though of course no renderer will understand that, and 
one could in principle have both long and wide steps. (Indeed, people 
who went to Girona will remember that the steps up to the Cathedral 
there are maybe 25m wide and 50m long, wider than the building they lead 
up to; these are currently a simple way in OSM).

David




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