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

Peter Wendorff wendorff at uni-paderborn.de
Sat Apr 28 15:10:40 BST 2012

For the barrier=city_wall I in fact see way AND area as possible:
A mid-age city wall of a bigger city may have walls of several meters 
width sometimes, that include corridors, stairways and more, as another 
building would.
If I map a strip of grass as an area with a width of 1m, a city wall 
with 5m width is an area, too - that's sometimes similar in size than a 
usual house.

I think, we should (!) introduce an area tag in the next API version, 
that allows the strict distinction between area and way by type, 
independent of tags.


Am 28.04.2012 15:39, schrieb Anthony:
> On Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM, Tobias Knerr<osm at tobias-knerr.de>  wrote:
>> Right now, we already have to distinguish three types of tags:
>> * always area
>> * always way
>> * way unless area=yes is present.
>> I simply do not think that the possibility to decrease of the number of
>> tags is worth introducing "area unless area=no is present" in addition
>> to these. Particularly because whether area or way is the default would
>> depend on what is assumed to be more likely in reality. And people might
>> easily have different assumptions here, making that kind of default
>> non-obvious.
> I don't see how we'd be adding any more confusion by adding a fourth
> type.  Right now if someone tags something as railway=platform they
> have to figure out whether it is "always area" (*) or "way unless
> area=yes is present", and this is not at all obvious.
> Even more confusing are the barrier=* tags.  I think they are of the
> type "always way", but I'm not 100% sure about that.  The wiki lists
> barrier=city_wall as being a way or an area.  But I think by area they
> just mean closed way.  Is barrier=city_wall "always area" (*), "always
> way" or "way unless area=yes is present"?  How is someone supposed to
> figure this out?
> Allowing area=no provides a simple method of dealing with cases where
> you are unsure: just tag area=yes/no explicitly.
> (*) I note, here, that "always area" doesn't mean "the way always
> represents an area", it means "the way always represents an area when
> it is closed".
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