[Tagging] Mapping language borders, tagging offical languages?

Christoph Hormann osm at imagico.de
Sun Sep 16 13:56:49 UTC 2018

On Sunday 16 September 2018, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> "you would need extensive external data to determine how to
> actually display combinations of names (which obviously depends on
> the languages and scripts involved)"
> Do you mean how to decide which name is displayed "first"?  On the
> left / on top etc?

No, the order is simply a matter of deciding if your list is supposed to 
be an ordered list or not.  I mean the form in which the different 
names are displayed.  If you look at how the name tag is used in 
various parts of the world with combinations of different languages 
this varies a lot.  I don't know how much of this is just arbitrary 
choices based on personal typesetting preferences and how much of this 
represents actual local cultural conventions but my intent was not to 
impose a culturally imperialistic corset on how names will be shown to 
all names world wide but allow mappers to document their local 
conventions.  It is still up to the map designers how far they want to 
use that of course.

The most common separating elements between different language names in 
name tags are '-' and '/' - usually enclosed by spaces.  But that is 
obviously based on latin script dominance.  Other scripts and to some 
extent also latin script languages have different conventions.  If you 
have names in well distinguishable scripts a separator is often 
unnecessary and uncommon.

Christoph Hormann

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