[Tagging] Ford = depreciated?

Andrew Errington erringtona at gmail.com
Sat Aug 25 13:49:09 BST 2012

I remember this happening, and it seemed like a Good Thing at the time, 
although I had only mapped one ford.

It was suggested that highway=ford should be deprecated and replaced with 

So "ford" itself is not lost, it has moved from a value to become a key.

I like this approach.  Do you think it's such a bad thing?

Best wishes,


On Sat, 25 Aug 2012 21:37:20 Philip Barnes wrote:
> Have just spotted this changeset whilst looking through changes near me?
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/changeset/12837424
> Why has Ford been depreciated? It is the correct definition, and the
> word used on road signs.
> A google search revealed this wiki page
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Key:ford
> This discussion that did go on seems to me disjointed, and is confused
> with stepping stones. Surely if these exist they are a separate node,
> they are usually part of a footway, alongside the road which fords the
> stream, there is also often a footbridge alongside the ford.
> I cannot think of a better tag. Tagging with water=yes just seems like
> we dumbing down.
> Everyone should know what a ford is, and obviously the depth or if there
> is water will depend on the recent weather.
> The decision was made by what appears to have been made by a vote by 5
> people.
> Why has it not been discussed in this mailing list where it will be seen
> by someone who is not searching the wiki for Fords today.
> Phil
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