[Tagging] path=hiking in use

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Sun Feb 14 07:38:53 UTC 2016


> On Feb 14, 2016, at 2:09 PM, Andrew Errington <erringtona at gmail.com> wrote:
> Changing the tags because you don't like the rendering is not the right approach.  It would be better to lobby for a change of rendering, or use a different renderer.

Since everything from a sidewalk, a concrete path, a well worn dirt path through the grass around a park, a rough trail through the desert, and a trail up the side of Mt Fuji all have the same vague, meaningless highway=path tag - there is no differentiation possible, so there is no rendering differentiation possible. In any renderer. 

The only way to separate sidewalks from hiking trails is to a) abolish or severely restrict the usage of the path tag, which people don't want to do, b) create Highway=trail key which people don't want to do, so I'd like to not have a grossly inferior (and I mean borderline useless) walking map, so what is left is to use c) a sub key to get the trails differentiated, so a rough hiking path up a mountain or along a riverbed isn't confused with the sidewalks and pedestrian walkways that are often nearby or intermingled where urban meets rural. I happened upon path=hiking - someone made it already. 

Not being able to define a rough trail and have it rendered different that the other, more urban footways is the same as if all unclassified, residential, service, and track were all rendered the same. 

Not only do we have all those grades of small roads, we have 5 (!five!) grades of track. They (used to?) all get their own rendering too. 

Can there be at least 1 trail-ish thing that isn't rendered exactly the same as a 1m wide flat concrete path through a park?  We can at least document this as "in use" to try to mitigate the conflict caused by path and footway used to do the same job in different regions? 


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