[Tagging] RFC: Names localization

Tobias Knerr osm at tobias-knerr.de
Thu Aug 2 12:13:37 BST 2012

On 02.08.2012 12:56, MilošKomarčević wrote:
> name=* without any context of what language is recorded in it is one of the
> biggest fallacies of OSM i18n and needs to be addressed.

You need to realize, though, that mappers in areas where only one
language is commonly used will not want to put more effort into mapping
names than they do today. And rightly so, imo - from their perspective,
it's just more work for little or no gain.

Thus, there is a fundamental requirement for any future tagging scheme
for names: In areas with a single main language, _one_ tag needs to be
enough for a name in that language.
Preferably, the key for this case should remain "name".

Setting some additional tags at the boundary of that area for clarity
what "name" means there is fine, but there must not be any additional
effort for setting names on the individual objects.


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