[Tagging] Bannered/Special routes (Business, Alternate, etc.) in ref tags

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Fri Apr 13 04:18:56 UTC 2018

On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 10:48 PM, Albert Pundt <roadsguy99 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Sometimes bannered routes like business and alternate routes are tagged
> with, for example, ref=US 1 Business, spelling it out fully, and other
> times they abbreviate it, e.g. ref=US 1 Alt. Which is considered the best
> practice? We already abbreviate the US, I, etc., so it's not a stretch to
> abbreviate the banner word as well. And while we shouldn't tag only for the
> renderer, it also has the advantage of not being too long for the current
> Carto style.

I would generally go without abbreviation, eg, ref=US 1 Alternate, though
in the long term, I really think it's long overdue to kill the dinosaur of
tagging refs for routes on ways and just describe routes via relations, in
which case, the relation would be...


In the interim, do both for now.
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