[Tagging] Identifying language regions

marc marc marc_marc_irc at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 19 00:35:29 UTC 2018

what's TSKM ?

for Switzerland, we talk about it a few months ago.
The discussion lacked participants.
but some was thinking that adding official languages on the boundary 
could be useful for rendering and tracking officially multilingual 
places (name with multiple value is a very heavy (=bad) compromise in 
practice, especially since there are several conventions depending on 
the country such as the separator which for a (bad) reason of rendering 
has sometimes been chosen as" -" instead of the usual ";")

imho maybe with this schema
one language:xx=yes for each official language
or language=xx;yy;zz where xx yy zz are the official languages
but as far as I know, nothing has been done.

It seems to me very complicated to tag the languages spoken in a place 
of variable geometry. if two families speaking the same language live in 
the same street, could you add this info ?
if not, how many families is enough/needed ?
It's too subjective.

Le 19. 04. 18 à 01:43, Thilo Haug OSM a écrit :
> An example, good luck :
> 56 TSKM, 39 Languages
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Togo
> 41 TSKM, 4 languages :
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland
> (Germany : 357 TSKM)
> Am 18.04.2018 um 21:49 schrieb Vao Matua:
>> I would suggest that OSM is probably not the best place for this.  
>> There are many countries that have many or even hundreds of 
>> languages.  The lines between the places where languages are commonly 
>> spoken can be quite fuzzy and often do not follow any other features. 
>> A year ago I was living in a place where people living there spoke 3 
>> different languages in addition to the "official" language.
>> On Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 12:41 PM, Yuri Astrakhan 
>> <yuriastrakhan at gmail.com <mailto:yuriastrakhan at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>     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):
>>     type=language
>>     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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