[Tagging] New key proposal - paved=yes/no

Tom Pfeifer t.pfeifer at computer.org
Wed Oct 1 13:03:01 UTC 2014

We are only reiterating the fact that being paved or not is subjective to
the renderer/router/data consumer, based on the intention of the particular
user, and thus a tag for paved=* is counter-productive.

John F. Eldredge wrote on 2014-10-01 14:44:
> Compacted usually means compacted earth (the soil has been packed more densely, but no other hard surface has been added). A dirt road simply has the native soil exposed, with perhaps some grading done, but again no topping added. To my mind, neither of
> these count as "paved".
> On September 30, 2014 4:57:58 AM CDT, Erik Johansson <erjohan at gmail.com> wrote:
>     These are more than 90% of values for surface, categorize them as
>     paved/unpaved the rest as unpaved.
>     surface=
>     asphalt
>     unpaved
>     paved
>     gravel
>     ground
>     dirt
>     grass
>     concrete
>     paving_stones
>     sand
>     cobblestone
>     compacted
>     paved=yes will remove then need for parsing those last % of surface=*
>     values, not sure it's worth it. To think that there is only one
>     definition of paved=yes, is a big mistake. There are few tags in OSM
>     that are specific enough to mean the same thing all over the world.

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