[Tagging] Relations type=boundary or type=multipolygon

A.Pirard.Papou A.Pirard.Papou at gmail.com
Tue Oct 16 22:20:37 GMT 2012

On 2012-10-16 21:33, Dave F. wrote :
> OSM Inspector is listing type=boundary as an error 
> *http://tinyurl.com/c539jhk*
> but the wiki implies it's legitimate. 
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Types_of_relation
> Which is correct?
Is the whole world (suddenly?) covered with that same error.
Can 600 000 persons be wrong?

Geofabrik's explanation is this : 
>       type=boundary   [edit
>       <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=OSM_Inspector/Views/Multipolygons&action=edit&section=10>]
It looks like Geofabrik belong to "some suggesting 
<http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Relation:multipolygon>", but 
> Some suggest to also use type=multipolygon (and not type=boundary 
> <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Relation:boundary>) for boundary 
> relations if you want applications to use area-building rules (i.e., 
> connecting outers to form rings, excluding enclaves, etc.) A boundary 
> relation is easily spotted by its boundary=* tag; no need to use 
> type=boundary. Although currently the most used way to add boundaries 
> is with a type=boundary tag but with the rules of multipolygons. 
Would someone have forgotten to try his patch?  ;-)

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