[Tagging] Tags useful for rendering of roads in poor conditions

Fernando Trebien fernando.trebien at gmail.com
Thu Jan 2 16:23:01 UTC 2014

I understand that, Richard, but my main concern is with rendering.
Like I said, it also affects tag usage by new users, and therefore it
affects map quality and maintenance effort. I think rendering and
routing apps are the two major data consumers from digital maps, and
so we should take both into account into every tagging decision, of
course leaving room for new tags and new values for other
applications, but never lose sight of these two kinds of apps. I don't
think OpenStreetMap would be as successful as it is today if these
apps had never received any attention.

On Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM, Richard Welty <rwelty at averillpark.net> wrote:
> On 1/2/14 9:49 AM, Fernando Trebien wrote:
>> So, which approach is most convenient for the rendering app?
>> Definitely it's using the tracktype tag, there's only 1 value to be
>> ever considered.
> i really think we should spend less time on rendering and more time
> simply on accurately and concisely describing the road. i feel i need
> to remind everyone that there are other data consumers besides
> rendering engines. Some examples:
> mkgmap which produces garmin format maps from OSM data
> OsmAnd which is both a routing and a rendering engine for Android platforms
> various routing engines being developed with an eye on web deployment
> and of course the data might be used for intensive analysis that doesn't
> produce maps or routes, but reports and statistics.
> you obsess with rendering representations at the risk of coming up with
> something that only meets one particular perceived need.
> richard
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