[Tagging] As the crow flies

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Fri Feb 22 16:29:04 UTC 2013

Steve Bennett <stevagewp at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM, Erik Johansson <erjohan at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > I feel dirty every time I do that, they are usually tagged as
> > surface=mud.. :-) Basically I map them  if there really is a path
> > there and it seems usefull, even though it's clearly not a
> designated
> > path.
> There definitely should be a convention for mapping footpads/goat
> tracks/desire lines. They're real things, they're verifiable, they're
> useful to map. highway=path; path=footpad perhaps?
> Separately there is the question of mapping router hints: suggested
> routes across open areas. I don't see a problem, in principle, with
> recording hints, as long as it's clear that that's all they are:
> foot=yes;_hint=yes perhaps.
> For the example at hand, I think standard practice is to connect the
> path to the edge of the parking lot, then make sure the other edge of
> the parking lot is connected to a highway=service...
> Steve
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Footpath, not footpad.  A footpad is a type of robber.  If I saw a path marked as highway=footpad, it would suggest that the path is through a high-crime area, and you are likely to be mugged.

John F. Eldredge -- john at jfeldredge.com
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