[Tagging] Another reset on roundabouts

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemed.net
Fri May 18 11:26:48 BST 2012

Andrew Errington wrote:
> [P2 patches]
> Assuming it is a desirable thing, how do we make it happen?

You'll have to excuse this for being a glib answer but - essentially,
someone needs to write the code.

The ideal situation is if you, or someone else who wants to see the feature,
are sufficiently motivated to code it yourself. ActionScript 3 is actually a
really nice language and accessible if you've ever coded any JavaScript or
Java. The compiler environment (runs on Windows, Mac or Linux) takes a short
while to set up but the existing developers will be very happy to help.

Failing that, you need to persuade one of the existing developers to write
it. Speaking personally I'm up to my eyeballs at the moment, and my first
priority has to be to review the existing patches that people have submitted
recently. It's possible that someone else might take it on but I wouldn't
count on it.

Having bbox/polygon-based tagging might also require some amount of
discussion about how the map_features.xml file format is changed to
accommodate it, though hopefully the implementer is also a genius who will
arrive at the right format automatically. :) But the one cautionary note I
would add is that (IMO) discussing the file format without any intention to
implement it is wikifiddling at its worst; I really don't want to get into
the situation where 50 people discuss a format with frequent use of the word
"should", and then no-one codes it. (Can you tell I've been around OSM for a
while now...?)


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