[Tagging] Benefits of namespaces

Sergio Manzi smz at smz.it
Mon Dec 17 01:36:58 UTC 2018


You are mixing correct namespacing (like railway:switch) with... mistaken namespacing (like hydrant:position).

Now, for the reasons for namespacing and just as an example (/it is not the only good reason.../), think about documentation: the documentation for describing a power switch should not be intermixed with the documentation describing power switches. The railways people got that and they did what I think they had to do: to namespace their switch. You didn't (/if that was you.../). Big mistake, IMHO: not all the switches are your switches...


On 2018-12-17 02:24, Fran├žois Lacombe wrote:
> Hi
> Interesting thread about namespacing in tag names.
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Proposed_features/Pipeline_valves_proposal#Use_namespace_or_not
> Spoiler: no consensus shows up at the end.
> I still think that actuator=* is better than two pipeline:valve:actuator=* and railway:switch:actuator=* because the first is really more concise and reusable between valves and railway switches.
> Like I don't like fire_hydrant:position instead of simpler location=*.
> Can someone brings benefits from using namespaces in this particular situation please?
> Al the best
> Fran├žois
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