[Tagging] RFC: Names localization

Miloš Komarčević kmilos at gmail.com
Thu Aug 2 14:10:33 BST 2012

On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM, Peter Wendorff
<wendorff at uni-paderborn.de> wrote:
> I don't think a bot would help, but a hint in editors etc. might.
> If editing software encourages the user to specify at least one lang:*
> additional to name, e.g. by giving a select box to select the language, many
> would do that, especially in multilanguage areas or near "language borders".
> On the other hand what would you want to do if there's only one name tag,
> and no localized version of it?
> use no name instead? Usually you would go for name as there's no better
> option.
> Same if there's name and some "strange" name:*, but not the one you prefer -
> then tage name as a fallback;
> and if there's a name:* that equals name, then perfect: use that in your
> software.
> A bot cannot fix anything like that: adding name:* works "most often", but
> not always, and future mappers aren't encouraged/hinted by tools (QA tools
> or Editors) that there's a missing name:*, that could be added to specify
> the names language.

Sure, there are many ways to improve and fix this.

Was just trying to highlight the fundamental problem: we have tons of
entered data in the database for which we (at the moment) can't tell
what language/script they have been entered in.


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