[Tagging] [OpenStreetMap] #5163: paths and tracks rendering indistinguishable: your opinion?

SomeoneElse lists at mail.atownsend.org.uk
Mon May 19 18:02:06 UTC 2014

André Pirard wrote:
> On 2014-05-19 18:35, SomeoneElse wrote :
>> If you feel strongly about it why not knock up a rendering with more 
>> differentiation between track and path and invite people to compare 
>> with the current standard map?
> ¿¿¿ ¡¡¡  That is exactly what I did with showing OSM and IGN 
> (SomeoneElse's ;-)) maps side by side !!!  ???
> No other map would think of not differentiating better those two ways 
> and all the similar cases.

Sorry, I should have been clearer - I meant "a modification to the 
existing osm-carto style that makes the difference clearer"  The IGN map 
doesn't differentiate between paths and tracks by colour, but by an 
extra-long dash, something that I don't think that osm-carto uses (but 
there's no technical reason why it couldn't).  The advantage to seeing 
this on a web-based slippy map compared to a picture in a list message 
is that it allows you to move to features that you're familiar with, and 
compare the map with your mental picture.

For example, when the cycle.travel maps appeared, some routes near me 
looked "obviously wrong".  This turned out to be a "tracktype" 
mistagging problem rather than a rendering one, but it had been there 
for a while because it just wasn't obvious on other renderings, and 
wouldn't be obvious to anyone not familiar with the routes concerned.



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