[Tagging] capital and state_capital: how are they being used in your country?

John Packer john.packer7 at gmail.com
Thu May 15 16:52:05 UTC 2014

Wait a minute.
As far as I understood, the key capital=* isn't supposed to simply
substitute admin_level.
capital=2 means this city (which the node represents) is the capital city
of this country (which has admin_level=2).
capital=4 means this city (which the node represents) is the capital city
of this state (which usually has admin_level=4)
capital=2;4 would mean this city is the capital city of the country AND

Is my current understanding of this key wrong?

2014-05-15 13:32 GMT-03:00 Andreas Goss <andig88 at t-online.de>:

> Am 5/15/14 16:30 , schrieb fly:
>  Regarding the original discussion I am in favour of using
>> capital=[2-10]* if an additional tag is needed. The semicolon (;) is
>> defined as value separator so we could have capital=4;6;8 or similar.
> This just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. I also don't see why
> it would be needed.
> You are doubling the risk of errors when it comes to admin_levels. Now you
> don't just have to ensure all relations are correct, but also all nodes.
> You also have no reference to those numbers. When you add one admin_level
> to a relation that relation has a name (Bavaria is a state). When placing
> admin_centre you know the name of the relation and of the city so you can
> make a connection (Munich is the capital of Bavaria). And while that maybe
> is obvious at level 2 and 4, it becomes more compicated when you get into
> smaller administrative areas. This also makes it more complicated to find
> errors in the first place.
> I also bet that people are going to assume that some numbers are missing
> and are simply going to add them, especially as it varies from country to
> country, from state to state etc. Others might simply add a number with
> good intend, because they had the wrong admin_levels in mind.
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