[Tagging] As the crow flies

A.Pirard.Papou A.Pirard.Papou at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 16:28:20 UTC 2013

On 2013-02-26 15:24, Erik Johansson wrote :
> On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 7:53 PM, A.Pirard.Papou
> <A.Pirard.Papou at gmail.com> wrote:
>> maybe add the key "informal"=yes to the path? I do this for "spontaneous" ways and it is also documented in the wiki: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:informal
>> And the other suggestions, many thanks, sorry for not listing them all.
>> I'm looking for a general feature, not only a solution to my particular problem.
>> A non-way is not the best word to describe my idea and I also do not feel comfortable with it.
>> It's sort of a "secret [winding] little passage" that one must follow on demand.
> You mean a shortcut?
> http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/shortcut
>> So, more than "informal=yes" (which I don't understand well), it would be a straight "exists=no".
>> How could it be mapped, sort of dotted line, so that the human understands that he may follow a route for which there's no path under the conditions otherwise described (no cars in a meadow)?
> This is like the landcover/landuse debate So basically we have:
> 1. existing roads that are official
> 2. existing, but non-official paths
> 3. routes that exists without paths (for hiking, buses, tour jeeps,
> beachbumming etc)
> 4. shortcuts that exists with and with out paths.
> I think if there is something that you are ment to walk on, then you
> can add a way, I don't think you should use a relation just because
> highway=footway is a bad fit. I've added a highway=footway where there
> was only grass, because the only other way was to take a ~5km detour,
> but as I said I was feeling very dirty when I did this (surface=mud).
> So to restate, I don't want to use a "relation" instead of a "way" to
> draw a way where people are supposed to walk, even if it's a short
> cut.

I don't want to add a relation.  There *is* one already.  A route is a 
The preceding message might clarify.



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