[Tagging] Various alt_name values?

Lukas Sommer sommerluk at gmail.com
Sat Nov 29 09:04:44 UTC 2014


Or would it be better – if a consens is difficult – to wait until a general
resolution for the problem “one key with more than one value” has come up?

Lukas Sommer

2014-11-29 5:03 GMT+00:00 Brian Quinion <openstreetmap at brian.quinion.co.uk>:

> 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.
>
> --
> Brian
>
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