[Tagging] Draft Proposal: Default Langauge Format

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Thu Sep 27 12:24:02 UTC 2018

Re: destination signs for routing.

Paul brought up some good examples about routing and traveling.

I believe destination signs are already stored in OSM with the tag
“destination=xxx”, where “xxx” is whatever is actually written on the sign.
Certainly this should be used by routing services and apps. Eg “take exit
112 on the right, signs for xxx.”

This won’t be affected by this proposal.

But, hopefully this will make it easier for Marc to get a map that
preferential shows Flemish names as well as the  locally preferred names.

On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 8:37 PM Marc Gemis <marc.gemis at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 1:21 PM Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 3) If I'm travelling across Europe by car, and am currently in France
> and want to get to Munich, at the French side of
> > the border I want to know to look for Allemande, not Germany or
> Deutschland on the signage.
> >
> I typically rely on the destination signs, which might be in
> French/German or both. So I prefer that the satnav uses the text of
> the destinations signs, regardless of the name for the town.
> So depending on whether you use a satnav or not, the "language" might
> be different.
> > 4) As I get near the border, I want to check my route to Munich (because
> that's what it is called in English, and that's the
> > only name that I know for it) but will also need to look for signs to
> München.
> All I agree that for "map lookups" one prefers to see the name in your
> own language
> >
> > 5) All of the above have additional complications when dealing with
> multi-lingual communities.
> As a Flemish person, I rather have the name of the street pronounced
> in Dutch in Brussels than in the 2 languages as is now the case. This
> is probably one of the complications.
> m.
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