[Tagging] Identifying language regions

Yuri Astrakhan yuriastrakhan at gmail.com
Wed Apr 18 19:41:11 UTC 2018

What would be the best tags to use for mapping language regions?  I would
like to create a map of primary languages spoken in an area. This will
greatly help with multilingual maps, allowing data consumers to calculate
which language name tags to use for which locale. This will also give OSM
community a much greater control over such maps.

Proposal (relations only, must have closed polygons):
primary=xx   (required)
secondary=yy;zz;...  (optional)

A relation may span multiple countries (e.g. US and most of Canada for
English), or split countries (e.g. EN and FR regions in Canada). In some
cases, the relation will reuse country border ways.

What do you think?
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