[Tagging] The endless debate about "landcover" as a top-level tag

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Fri Jun 8 19:05:26 UTC 2018

 > If you're trying to tell a group of people within OSM to do things
differently  ...

I'm not. I am asking about an existing and growing tagging practice and
existing tagging proposal, trying to see if things could move a little
towards a solution within existing standard OSM practice.

I only suggested adding an already existing type of rendering for one
already existing key which has gained some usage despite not being
rendered, not inventing something totally new. I am asking about the
conditions which would have to be met for the standard OSM Carto to
consider doing this. That is not  "tell a group of people within OSM do
things differently".

A proposal for rendering a particular tag which doesn't hurt anyone, is
fully backwards compatible and has already gained some popularity, on OSM
Carto, is hardly a revolution or worth a fork.

2018-06-08 17:52 GMT+02:00 Andy Townsend <ajt1047 at gmail.com>:

> On 08/06/2018 16:03, Peter Elderson wrote:
>> In this case, rendering is crucial so any documentation would need to
>> address that.
> To echo what other people have suggested, you are entirely free to set up
> a rendering* of whatever OSM tags you want as however you want.  To do that
> for Belgium (apologies if I'm misremembering where you're from) would cost
> no more than the price of a decent beer per month.  Setup might take a day
> if you've not done it before; maintenance essentially as much or as little
> time as you want to spend experimenting with the style.
> Presumably, however, you're not talking about "a map rendering", you're
> talking about one particular one - the "standard" layer on
> openstreetmap.org (it's only really "standard" to OSM editors though;
> most people who see OSM data will actually see in or a Mapbox map, or in
> MAPS.ME, or in a completely different rendering on a company's website or
> on a sign at a railway station)?
> If you're trying to tell a group of people within OSM to do things
> differently the traditional way is to do it yourself, and make your version
> better than what exists already.  In this case the barrier to entry is
> pretty low, and there's a wealth of information about style design at
> https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/ and tools (such as a
> deployable Docker "tile design" instance) that can be used to get you
> started quickly.
> Best Regards,
> Andy
> * https://switch2osm.org/manually-building-a-tile-server-18-04-lts/
> ** https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/
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