[Tagging] The "not-shops": industrial, industry, or business

Michał Brzozowski www.haxor at gmail.com
Fri Sep 19 17:21:25 UTC 2014

I'm surprised nobody so far mentioned Mapbox's Maki icon set:


Another thing maps based on OSM lack is clickability (like Google Maps
or Bing Maps). It's less CPU intensive than placing markers
afterwards. Maybe there's some clever way to embed clickable spots
information (just coordinates) into the tiles themselves.

On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM, John F. Eldredge <john at jfeldredge.com> wrote:
> Agreed. The general-purpose renderings, at least those intended for
> small-screen use, should use a limited number of icons, and those should
> each apply to a range of related object types. Large-screen and printed maps
> can use a wider range of icon types, since there is room for a map legend.
> Special-purpose renderings can use more specific icons, but may need to
> either include a legend or provide a link to a legend.
> On September 16, 2014 1:32:29 AM CDT, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org>
> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On 09/15/2014 07:43 PM, Bryce Nesbitt wrote:
>>>  Maybe this is running up on the limit of only rendering shop values with
>>>  100 instances?
>> I think that many people think too much information science ("how can I
>> compress the most information into the smallest room") and too little
>> cartography ("how can I make a map with a good user interface").
>> A map icon is what, 32x32 pixels or so? A couple of millimeters on the
>> screen. As long as you stick to 20 POI icons, you will be able to select
>> icons that are instantly recognizable. Something with a film strip...
>> must be a cinema. Once you introduce 100 icons, your map becomes
>> unreadable without a legend. Yes you *can* devise a film-strip-and-pipe
>> icon denoting a cinema that uniquely shows crime dramas but you're
>> leaving the realm of the easy-to-use map (much like having 5 different
>> types of dash-dot patterns for various types of tracks).
>> It appears to me that unless the user actively requests to drill down
>> deeper on something (and we have the technology to do that), we should
>> stick with a very small number of icons.
>> Maybe we can find a way to actually detect that shop=bicycle;skateboard
>> is some kind of sports-related shop and display a generic
>> sports-related-shop icon, the same that we would use for shop=bicycle or
>> shop=skateboard alone.
>> Bye
>> Frederik
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