[Tagging] surface=ground/dirt/earth

Fernando Trebien fernando.trebien at gmail.com
Fri Mar 14 20:05:18 UTC 2014

Well, any information you add does help. If you could use something
more specific than "dirt" ("gravel" is more precise, for instance), it
would be even better. (That's my point: "dirt" is good, something more
is specific such as "compacted", "earth", "sand" or "clay" is even
better). The editors help you with that by providing a list of common
surface values, you should simply try to stay away from paved/unpaved,
ground and dirt and only pick one of those when you can't decide which
of the others is a better value. Sometimes it's really impossible or
it would take too long to decide on a better value (say, if you're
covering a large area at once).

On Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM, Richard Welty <rwelty at averillpark.net> wrote:
> On 3/14/14 3:11 PM, Fernando Trebien wrote:
>> Considering that "surface" is loosely defined (it can have any value)
>> and no rules are imposed on it, I believe that ground and dirt are
>> acceptable values, but not quite desirable, as their meaning is too
>> low quality (too imprecise) for applications such as routing and even
>> rendering of detailed surface maps. They both hardly mean something
>> significantly different from "unpaved" (for most practical
>> applications I can think of).
> i generally try to combine surface={dirt|gravel} with a value for
> tracktype, if that helps at all.
> richard
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