[Tagging] Default Language Format; language:default or default:language?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Thu Sep 27 01:16:33 UTC 2018

Should we change the tag from language:default to default:language?

I've found out that language:* has already been used in the format
language:de, language:fr, language:en, etc, for the languages taught at a
school. See
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Dlanguage_school. And
language=* has been used, though rarely.

There is also a page for default_language, which was made without going
through the proposal process. And there is a new proposal to specify all
"defaults" in the fomat default:subkey, though I have also seen this the
other way around, eg key:default, suggested for maxspeed.

I am not wedded to the current tag "language:default=<code>". Please
respond here (or on the talk page) if you prefer default:language=<code> or
default_language=<code>, or if you prefer the current order.


Talk page:

Thank you,

On Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 9:36 PM Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>

> Please see the Proposal page for the new tag, "language:default=<language
> code>"
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Default_Language_Format
> Description:
> "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:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Proposed_features/Default_Language_Format
> Thank you for all of your comments, criticisms and suggestions
> -Joseph
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