[Tagging] Localities (was: Re: RFD tag:shop=camera?)
daniel at xn--ko-wla.pl
Sat Jun 6 10:12:27 UTC 2015
W dniu 06.06.2015 3:56, Warin napisał(a):
> I have absolutely no objection to locals using their own language
> names for things but having different icons is surely not a benefit ?
> It is to the locals.
> e.g. They may not see 'fast food' as a hamburger!
This is a much bigger issu than just icons. Tagging should be involved
if we really look at the problem.
In Poland we could not only see some food amenities different than fast
food or restaurants, they are also called in a different way. Many
eating places are called "bar", unlike the "drinking bar" as we use this
name in OSM (and some of them are commonly known subtype "bar mleczny"
-> "milky bar"). They are rather cheaper kind of restaurant and you
won't see any typical fast-food menu like a hamburger there. But we also
have also typical fast food places (like burgers or kebab), so it would
be sane to tag them different and maybe show in a different way.
I guess there's much more subtle localities like this - for example we
were discussing bakery/confectionery/pastry/swets/candy issue lately.
That's one of the reason I would like more flexible categories, so we
can easily add new sub-types and treat them as one class when needed -
instead of pushing everything into just a few kind of objects just to
have a standard.
However the icon thing is also not that easy. They are highly symbolic
and can differ from one map style to another, and they are even harder
to properly reflect generalities than categories system (like that used
in Wikipedia), because it has to be just one sign.
"The train is always on time / The trick is to be ready to put your bags
down" [A. Cohen]
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