[Tagging] reviving hollow way

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 19 09:51:26 UTC 2018

On 19/02/2018 09:00, Philip Barnes wrote:
> Hi Joost
> As a native English speaker I have never heard the term Hollow Way, 
> however reading the description it seems that this proposal is 
> describing what is called a Sunken Lane.
> I would avoid cutting as that implies something that has been cut 
> deliberately for the construction of a motorway, railway or canal etc.

The map https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/historic=hollow_way#map 
suggests that it's been used in Germany by people who think it's an 
English term.

It's not really used at all in modern English - there are a few 
placenames called "Holloway" (the one in Derbyshire might be named after 
the top bit of https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/127047259 ) so it 
doesn't really make sense to "approve" it as a tag.  If people want to 
use it locally - fine - and if renderers locally want to use it also 
fine (under the "any tags you like" principle).

Best Regards,


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