[Tagging] More human readable values for traffic signs

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Thu Oct 29 20:40:06 UTC 2015

How can that spatial lookup be made very cheaply? How long will it take to do a point-in-polygon for every road sign in Europe? I understand one should not denormalise lightly, but it is sometimes justifiable. We need to keep the data easily consumable as well. Saying that two extra characters in the tagging will present an unreasonable barrier to mappers is stretching a point I think.
By the way, there are plenty of road signs in Europe erected by a foreign power. Typically as you approach a border, especially if there is a junction or services soon after the border.

On 29 October 2015 21:05:18 CET, Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net> wrote:
>Michael Reichert wrote:
>> That's why I suggest to use the country prefixes followed by a number
>> or the name depending if the country numbers its traffic signs (like 
>> Germany) or not (like Austria).
>There's no need to do that. OSM is a spatial database: you can find out
>whether a sign is to the German design or the Austrian design by
>whether the node is in Germany or Austria. Requiring the mapper to add
>prefixes shifts the burden from the data consumer to the mapper, which
>against the principles of OSM.
>Of course, if someone has erected an Austrian traffic sign in Germany,
>might be a good reason to use a country prefix. :) I saw a shop in
>Switzerland that had made traffic signs into stools...
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