[Tagging] area=yes on polygones (was Block names)

Anthony osm at inbox.org
Sat Apr 28 12:27:15 BST 2012

On Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 4:06 AM, Marl <osm-marl at gmx.com> wrote:
> On 27/04/12 20:11, Anthony wrote:
>> On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 3:06 PM, Tobias Knerr <osm at tobias-knerr.de> wrote:
>>> Anthony wrote:
>>> If I were writing a renderer (actually, I am), I would assume that a
>>> closed way does not represent an area unless it a) has an always-area
>>> tag such as landuse or b) is tagged with area=yes. Your idea that
>>> some tags should make a closed way into an area by default, unless
>>> there's also a certain other tag (like area=no) present, is not
>>> established mapping style as far as I can tell. Currently, tags are
>>> either unambiguous, or the default assumption is "not an area".
>> Well that's a mistake that should be fixed.
>> _______________________________________________
> I think that it's not a mistake.
> The idea of having different defaults for area= would not only keep
> programmers busy (they can do more beneficial things during the time
> wasted for this), it also confuses mappers. I (as a mapper) don't want
> to look up the default for every tag.

I think we should decide the better way to map first, and then let the
programmers prioritize the fix.  Since programmers are already
checking for always-area, it doesn't seem like a difficult fix.  Are
patches welcome?

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