[Tagging] Various alt_name values?

Brian Quinion openstreetmap at brian.quinion.co.uk
Sat Nov 29 05:03:01 UTC 2014

On 29 Nov 2014 00:26, "Lukas Sommer" <sommerluk at gmail.com> wrote:
> Okay. I’ll try a summary:
> We have the choise between two systems:
> – semicolon system
> – alt_name_1 system

I added support for alt_name_1 because this kept coming up and people were
actively abusing alt_name:1 because it happened to work (the :1 actually
ends up interpreted as a language and while this could be fixed the
combination of language and array using the same syntax adds a lot of
complexity and confusion).

; is just a bad way of doing it without the ability to escape ; and
universal editor support (which at this point is probably impossible). It
also makes storage much more complex since it breaks key=>value pairing.
I'd say it was a bad idea and just about anything is better.

alt_name[1] that colin suggested is interesting and potentially
unambiguous. It also has the advantage of making sense to a coder and not
requiring special support in editors for magic escape characters.

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