[Tagging] Slash, space, or spaced hyphen in multi-lingual names
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Fri Aug 10 18:35:32 UTC 2018
On Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 6:38 PM, Daniel McCormick <mccormick at kaartgroup.com>
> The goal of OSM is not to create a map that renders great on the default
> renderer. The goal is to create repository that can be rendered quickly and
> easily by anyone. The default map is what we primarily interact with and
> just like anything it has become the lens by which we view our contribution
> to the map. However, that lens is not the best viewing glass in most
> situations. When we add multiple languages we are not actually adding
> anything to data, as long as we are using name:xx=*, but rather are
> cluttering the existing data and impeding the use of the very data that we
> spend so much time making better. With the names properly categorized we
> can create a renderer that does all we want it to in much simpiler fashion
> then if we are to add multilingual names to the name=* tag. We could even
> make a renderer that shows multilingual names that sources all of our
> name:xx tags.
I fully agree that in a monolingual area, adding other languages in the
name=* tag is foolish and unhelpful. For
streets I'd argue that adding name:xx=* is also unhelpful. Seeing
"William Strasse" or "Wilhelm Strasse" on a map
isn't much help if you're on the ground and looking at as sign saying
The situation changes in multilingual areas, where the signs themselves are
multilingual. The example I keep
But if the sign were damaged and replaced, the new sign is more likely to
follow more recent conventions and
say "Heol Napier Street."
Either way name:cy="Heol Napier" and name:en="Napier Street" but in both
situations rendering either of those
does *not* show what the sign actually says. Having the renderer software
use " / " to concatenate the two represents
the first format adequately but misrepresents the second.
I don't think there is any substitute for mapping and rendering the
actuality. Maybe with vector tiles and the option to
display any or all of name, name:cy, name:en, loc_name and alt_name at the
click of a mouse, that changes, but I'd
still prefer on-the-ground reality as the default.
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