[Tagging] Draft Proposal: Default Langauge Format

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 02:49:29 UTC 2018


There have been a few small updates to the proposal page based on your
suggestions in the past week.
Please comment on the talk page if you have any further ideas or
criticisms:
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Proposed_features/Default_Language_Format
Thanks!

On Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 10:59 PM Joseph Eisenberg <
joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've started a Draft Proposal page
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Default_Language_Format>for
> this language format tag, based on our discussion here. It still needs more
> links and rendering examples, plus your comments
>
> The draft proposal outline:
>
> Specify the default language format used for name labels and tags. This
> tag shows the default language and script that should be used to display
> name labels on an international map. By avoiding the use of the default
> *name=* *tag for the display of name lables, this proposal will encourage
> the use of name tags that include the language code, thereby improving the
> quality and utility of the database.
>
> The key *language:default *with the 2 or 3 letter ISO language code as
> value should be tagged on administrative boundary relations, such as
> countries, provinces and aboriginal communities to clarify the default
> language used for the majority of default *name=**tags within a
> particular region or settlement. If multiple scripts may be used for the
> language, a qualifier may be added to specify the script format. Multiple
> languages can be specified, separated with a semicolon, for an
> administrative boundary or place if the local community has decided to
> include more than one name in the default name label and wishes general map
> rendering to display more than one name.
>
> The language:default tag will be applied to the largest existing boundary
> relation that accurately represents the language used for default names.
> When a smaller administrative boundary has different default language
> format, this boundary should receive a language tag as well. This would
> include boundaries of aboriginal lands and municipalities where a different
> regional or local language is dominant.
>
> The language:default tag may also be applied to individual objects when
> the language format of the object's name is different than the default for
> the region, for example when the common name for a feature is in a language
> foreign to the region, or in a rarely used local language.
>
> If name tags commonly include additional local or official languages in a
> region or settlement, in addition to the default language format, the
> boundary or place may be tagged with language:local=* and
> language:official=* to specifiy the other languages commonly used. More
> than one official or local language can by specified in the value by use of
> a semicolon as a divider. However, the default language should always be
> specified when verifiable, to reduce the need to tag individual map
> features.
>
> See the Proposal Page
> <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Default_Language_Format>
> for all the details including futher rational, tagging format, examples,
> possible errors, wiki pages that will be updated, etc.:
>
> wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Default_Language_Format
> Thanks for your suggested improvements and comments!
> - Joseph Eisenberg
>
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