[Tagging] Is it possible to have highway=unclassified with ref tag?

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Mon May 7 12:02:54 UTC 2018


But when a highway has an officially assigned ref doesn't that define it as
"classified"? I don't have a large stake in this discussion but it would
seem to me that any road so ranked by the authorities should not be tagged
as unclassified.

My 2 cents

Dave

On Sun, May 6, 2018 at 12:19 PM, Andrew Hain <andrewhainosm at hotmail.co.uk>
wrote:

> The use of the ref tag for highway authority road numbers is controversial
> in the UK (no road with a signed number would be as low as
> highway=unclassified). There may be better examples in other countries.
>
>
> --
>
> Andrew
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk>
> *Sent:* 06 May 2018 13:28
> *To:* tagging at openstreetmap.org
> *Subject:* Re: [Tagging] Is it possible to have highway=unclassified with
> ref tag?
>
> On Sun, 2018-05-06 at 09:41 +0200, Mateusz Konieczny wrote:
> > I am pretty sure that it is entirely possible to have
> > highway=unclassified
> > with officially assigned and posted ref number, but I wanted to check
> > whatever my edit on https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3
> > Dunclassified
> > was correct.
>
> It is certainly possible, in the UK all public highways have a
> reference number. For lower classifications these references are used
> internally by Local Authorities and the references do not appear on
> signs. The consensus is that only references that a visible should use
> the ref tag in OSM.
>
> For unsigned references we use official_ref and prow_ref which will not
> appear on the standard map but can be rendered on more specialised
> maps.
>
> Phil (trigpoint)
>
>
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