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

Ilpo Järvinen ilpo.jarvinen at helsinki.fi
Sat Aug 29 18:58:42 UTC 2015


On Sat, 29 Aug 2015, Richard wrote:

> On Sat, Aug 29, 2015 at 12:09:44AM +0300, Ilpo Järvinen wrote:
> > On Sat, 29 Aug 2015, Ilpo Järvinen wrote:
> > 
> > > On Fri, 28 Aug 2015, Warin wrote:
> > > 
> > > > On 28/08/2015 9:47 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > 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...
> > > >
> > > > 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.
> > > 
> > > For those who would want to have a separate tag for 'trails'
> > 
> > I mean there a separate highway=* value, just in case somebody might 
> > misunderstand what I meant.
> 
> I think that "trail" is very vague, look at english witkionary, wagon 
> trail etc so the word itself would already cause trouble.
> 
> highway=footpath may cause less trouble.

The reason why I keep mostly using 'trail' here on the mailing list is 
that 'path' is more ambiguous as it can mean either highway=path or 'a 
path' which makes conversation tricky due to easy misunderstanding.

Of course wikipage would need to explicitly tell what is included to 
highway=trail and what not also direct to highway=track, highway=footway 
and highway=path (for multi-use cases) properly.

I don't believe that footpath would be less confusing for non-natives but 
I guess it might be different for natives. However, I also don't believe 
it would be that hard for natives to learn what should not be tagged as 
highway=trail even if something is called '* trail' in the natural 
language. How common those 'wagon trails' or whatever '* trails' 
non-trails even are on the ground (so that they need to be mapped in
the first place :-))?


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