[Tagging] highway=footway - Advanced definition: Distinction footway vs path

johnw johnw at mac.com
Wed Aug 5 09:44:22 UTC 2015

> On Aug 5, 2015, at 12:41 AM, Michael Reichert <nakaner at gmx.net> wrote:
> Every data user has to add highway=footpath to his style sheets,
> scripts, config files etc. Please read paragraph 8 to 10 of Andy Allan's
> posting at Github 1 1/2 years ago.
> https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/issues/230#issuecomment-29238913


Paragraph 5:

"Where existing tags are causing misinterpretation between mappers or mistranslations between communities, that's usually a cause for documentation, and occaisionally a cause for changing tags. landuse=farm was a great example, where using farmland and farmyard not only help english-speaking contributors, but also causes less confusion when translated.”

This is the issue with footway and path. "path" in OSM and “path" in some regions of the world mean entire separate things. and OSM's definition of path is quite wide.  It’s like having “highway=primary” and “highway=main”.

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