[Tagging] drinkable vs. drinking_water
erringtona at gmail.com
Fri Jul 13 01:12:52 BST 2012
On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM, Janko Mihelić <janjko at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2012/7/12 Andrew Errington <erringtona at gmail.com>
>> Can we introduce "potable=yes/no" and migrate both of those tags to it
> I don't know if this is for consideration, but the word "potable" is not
> very known outside english speaking countries (and maybe french, because it
> comes from a french word). Why not drinkable=official/yes/no?
I expect that "trunk road", "roundabout", "shelter" and
"archaeological site" are not well known in all languages, however,
the language of OSM is English and "potable" has a very clear meaning.
Petrol, or gasoline, is drinkable, but you shouldn't do it.
You could dumb-down the meaning in the dialog that asks "Is this
drinking water?" and set potable yes/no. You can dumb-down the
rendering and make it display 'drinking water' if potable=yes. You
can even translate the tag, so that in the database we use
potable=yes/no, but in the user interface we show the local
Furthermore it's trivially easy to learn the meaning of a tag by
looking in the wiki. If you don't know what potable=* means then look
it up. If it's not listed in the wiki in your language- add it.
The language of OSM should be precise. If it's not then people start
inventing tags that have similar, but imprecise meanings, which is
exactly what has happened here.
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