[Tagging] tagging very wide steps - highway=steps on an area?

fly lowflight66 at googlemail.com
Fri Feb 27 13:24:49 UTC 2015

Am 27.02.2015 um 12:09 schrieb Martin Koppenhoefer:
> 2015-02-27 9:07 GMT+01:00 johnw <johnw at mac.com>:
>>  I read the wiki entry on steps (
>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dsteps
>> <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway=steps>) and the
>> discussion page,
>> and besides the discussion on which direction means uphill (that really
>> needs to be decided),
> I had assumed for years that the direction pointing upwards was a commonly
> agreed on standard, being myself an architect I hadn't expected this to be
> questionable, but as I got so much flak from people insisting on the other
> way round, I now am adding the tag incline=up to all steps. This way you
> remove any ambiguity and introduce some further stability also for cases
> where the way direction gets inverted. No need for any (IMHO unachievable)
> decision any more ;-)

I usually take care that the way points uphill and add incline=up.

>> can I use steps to define an area, just like highway=pedestrian?
> There is the area relation proposal which deals explicitly with this
> (type=area), but it isn't supported by any data consumer AFAIK.
> Please note that you have to create a new relation for every continuous
> part of stairs (i.e. the stair landings are not included).
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Relations/Proposed/Area#Area-steps.2C_steps_which_are_wide_and.2For_irregular
> Might sound complicated but it is actually quite easy to model:
> 1. create an empty relation and add the tags:
> type=area
> highway=steps
> (and more like step_count, surface, etc.)
> 2. draw the upper delimiting way of the steps (border where the last riser
> is) and add it with the role "upper" to the relation
> 3. draw the lower delimiting way (border where the first riser is) and add
> it with the role "lower" to the relation
> done.
> if you want you can
> 4. draw the lateral boundaries and add them with the role "lateral" to the
> relation (suggested for non-linear lateral boundaries only).


Though, I am not sure how to model steps with fading steps to one or
both sides and several upper or lower

There is also:


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