[Tagging] path=hiking in use

Andrew Errington erringtona at gmail.com
Sun Feb 14 08:47:38 UTC 2016

I disagree.  If we use something specific like footway=hiking then that
implies the path is only for hiking.

It's a path.  Its purpose is for whatever you want to do.  highway=path
perfectly encapsulates the idea "there is a path here".

'hiking' could be used as a tag on a route, which is a set of pieces of
path or road (or steps) which form a hiking trail.

Here in Korea, a lot of the paths are also access for fire wardens and
forestry workers, and on the lower slopes they are used to reach grave
sites for ceremonies and maintenance.

They /can/ be used for hiking, but that is not an exclusive use.

On 14 Feb 2016 17:29, "Warin" <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 14/02/2016 6:38 PM, John Willis wrote:
>> Javbw
>> 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.
> OSMAnd is capable of rendering the surface tag! So set your 'hiking path'
> to unpaved (or dirt/sand etc) ... and it can be rendered.
> highway=path has always been someone's bandaid.
> I would rebel against path and use footway=hiking!  I would be for the
> removal of highway=path.
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