[Tagging] Tagging of topographic areas with a name

Bryce Nesbitt bryce2 at obviously.com
Mon Aug 19 20:47:04 UTC 2013

On Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 8:17 AM, Volker Schmidt <voschix at gmail.com> wrote:

> At the risk that this is mapping for the renderer, but what
> Wolfgang proposes is exactly how it is done on traditional paper maps. It
> gives you the possibility to label some loosely defined entity, by creating
> some labelling along a non visible way. However, there is a serious
> complication in this, which consists in the fact that you would have to
> assign some kind of "importance" to the label to allow the renderer to
> decide at which zoom levels to show the labelling and with what kind  of
> visibility.

A traditional paper mapper makes visibility decisions, which automated
agents have more trouble with.
For example:  imagine three ridges, all named, all about the same length.
Which should show at low zoom?
A cartographer might know that the local residents refer to the third ridge
most often, and that it is somehow more important.

An automated agent could try: but the data is likely outside of OSM.
 Should it google for the name and count the hits?
Send an email to nearby mappers?

Some manual tweaking of the "importance" has wide applicability in OSM,
despite the obvious disagreements on the exact rankings/
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