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

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Fri Aug 28 00:08:01 UTC 2015

On 28/08/2015 9:47 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> sent from a phone
>> Am 28.08.2015 um 00:12 schrieb Ilpo Järvinen <ilpo.jarvinen at helsinki.fi>:
>> I think
>> any language ambiguity related to "trail" can be solved with proper
>> documentation. And also document sane default access assumptions.
> highway=path was documented from the beginning and default access assumptions have been given. It didn't help apparently ;-)
> Good luck.

As highway=path could be sub tagged to be the same as highway=footway

It was simply a lazy way of tagging a 'footway' with some sub tags rather than actually using the existing tags.

> My suggestion is to not assume any access defaults but rather explicitly tag everything, and surface as well. Everything you assume will be questioned and taken from you in a few years ;-) what is there explicitly will likely remain...
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Unless highway=trail can be made exclusive of any other tag (including their sub tags) then it will only add to confusion and abuse of its use.
As 'footway' can be sub tagged to any thing I can conceive of at a 'trail' I see little hope of this occurring.

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