[Tagging] Slash, space, or spaced hyphen in multi-lingual names

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 10 23:05:16 UTC 2018

On Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 11:38 PM, Jo <winfixit at gmail.com> wrote:

> Fortunately all streets in Brussels are already mapped, based on official
> data from Urbis. So the person from Biel who would prefer to put / in those
> names doesn't need to to so anymore.
> There are definitely street name signs which are wrong. It would be absurd
> to copy that wrong text into the name tags. It's not so wrong that is
> something completely different.
> Besides many street name signs in Brussels are like this:
> Avenue
>   Simon Bolivar
>                      laan
> Even if that is a spelling error in itself.
> name=Avenue Simon Bolivar - Simon Bolivarlaan
> name:nl=Simon Bolivarlaan
> words glue together in Dutch, like they do in German.

Given that situation I'd say the best way to map it is:

name=Avenue Simon Bolivar Laan
name:nl=Simon Bolivarlaan
name:fr=Avenue Simon Bolivar

Anyway, we don't want to put exactly what is on the street name signs in
> our name tags.

Why not?  It's what is on the sign.  If that is what is on the sign then
that is what is ought to be mapped.  Or maybe
I should change roads into rivers because I prefer rivers and I don't want
to map exactly what is on the ground.

> It's simply not practical

Why?  String length isn't a data problem unless the string exceeds some
arbitrary length allocated in the
database schema.  It takes me a lot less time to type a long bilingual name
for a highway than to trace the
highway itself.

> and it would very quickly become nonsensical.

If "name=Avenue Simon Bolivar Laan" is nonsensical then the street sign is
nonsensical.  Complain to your
local elected representative and ask him/her for legislation to change the
naming conventions of street signs.

I find it hard to understand why some mappers do not want to map reality.
Unless it's because they wish the street
signs were really monolingual.  There are people where I live who object to
any use of English, should I cater to
their whims by amending all names around here to remove the English text or
should I map what is there?

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