[Tagging] Wide steps

Simone Saviolo simone.saviolo at gmail.com
Fri Oct 7 15:58:06 BST 2011

2011/10/7 David Earl <david at frankieandshadow.com>

> 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).

I'm interested in the matter too. The only thing I could think of is to make
a relation that includes both the area and a way, whose direction (or
tagging) indicates which way is up.

Note that there's also the case where there's a "regular" staircase with
long steps. This happens not only in urban environments but also in hill and
mountain areas, where a path that goes up a hill could be split into "steps"
to ease those walking up. The path may be a few metres wide and the steps
may even be 50 metres long.



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