[Tagging] Observations on use of the diet: tag

fly lowflight66 at googlemail.com
Tue Jul 2 18:02:44 UTC 2013

Am 01.07.2013 19:00, schrieb Craig Wallace:
> On 2013-06-28 14:36, fly wrote:
>> On 26.06.2013 02:29, Murry McEntire wrote:
>>> If tags are added to diet=*, I believe lactose_free is in common use
>>> whereas lacto_free is not so much. Also consider that a product made
>>> with lactose removed dairy would accurately be lactose_free but not
>>> lacto_free. Lactose content, not dairy origin,  is the important tag for
>>> those with lactose intolerance. Is Lactofree being a brand name any
>>> reason to avoid likenesses (lacto_free) in OSM tags?
>> First of all: There is a difference between lacto_free and lactose_free.
>> The first is about milk in general where as the second one is only about
>> the sugar of the milk.
>> My conclusion is that we need both:
>> 1. lacto_free is more on the same level as the vegetarian/vegan diets.
>> 2. You find lactose free milk products (lactose_free=yes but
>> lacto_free=no)
>> 3. There are people who are intolerant against the lactic acid of
>> certain animals but not against lactose.
> Yes, maybe it is useful to have separate tags. But similar names should
> be avoided, as they will get confused.
> I suggest naming the tag "dairy_free" instead of "lacto_free".
> That is much clearer as to what it is. In UK English, most people know
> what a "dairy product" is, not many would know what "lacto" means.

You are right.

>> I did not find any brand name, so far.
> "Lactofree" is a UK brand for lactose-free milk and cheese etc. So it
> would be classed as "lactose_free=yes", but "lacto_free=no". Which is
> just going to cause confusion, as above.

There is no usage so far. Please go ahead and change it.

I have no problem with diary_free.

And, yes there are people who eat meat but can not consume diary at all.


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