[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Default Language Format

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Mon Sep 24 12:36:38 UTC 2018

Please see the Proposal page for the new tag, "language:default=<language code>"

"Specify the default language format used for names, and recommend use
of language-specific name tags.

"By making it easier to use language-specific name:code=* tags to be
used instead of the default name=* tag, this proposal will encourage
the use of name tags that include the language code for all features.
This will improve the quality and utility of the database. It will be
possible to display non-Western languages in their correct orientation
and script, properly display multilingual names, and to research the
most commonly used language formats in a particular area.

"The key language:default=* with a 2 or 3 letter ISO language code
should be tagged on administrative boundary relations, such as
countries, provinces and aboriginal communities. This is the language
used for the majority of named features within a particular region, as
indicated on public signs and in common use by the local community. If
the language can be written in more than one script, a qualifier can
be added to specify the script format. More than one language code can
be listed, separated with a semicolon, if the local community uses
more than one language on signs or by consensus.

"The language tag should be applied to the largest boundary relation
that accurately represents the language used for default names. When a
smaller administrative boundary has a different default language
format, this boundary should receive a language tag as well. This
would include boundaries of provinces or aboriginal lands where a
different language is used.

"The language tag may also be applied to individual features when the
name is in a different language than the default for the region, or
when the feature crosses a border."

Please read the whole page, which has quite a number of examples and a
detailed rationale for the proposal, then please comment here or on
the discussion page:

Thank you for all of your comments, criticisms and suggestions

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