[Tagging] How to distinguish public and private offices?

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 15 11:23:08 UTC 2019

On Thu, 15 Aug 2019 at 04:32, Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>

> I suppose access=private isn’t wrong, but it seems incomplete: many
> government offices do not legally exclude the public, but also do not
> offer public services. For example, the offices of members of the
> American legislature are clearly not public, but anyone in the public
> can get an appointment to visit the legislator from their district.
> Local government offices often allow walk-in visitors, but may not
> offer any services.

access=permissive doesn't quite cut it.  Maybe there's a case for
or access=appointment_only or even just access=appointment.  At which point
the software
team of some editors may complain about access=appointment (or whatever)
ending up
as a menu option for highways and refuse to implement it.

Nevertheless, we probably need something to indicate that sort of thing as
there are
hairdresses and beauty salons which are operated by a single person and are
appointment-only.  Currently the only way we can handle that is in the
hours tag where no hours are specified and the comment "by appointment" (the
quotes are necessary for it to be treated as a comment by parsers) is
added.  Maybe
that is the answer for your government offices too. Except it isn't really,
if you specify actual opening times then the comment "by appointment" is
taken as
meaning that you may be able to make an appointment for a time outside the
specified hours.  In the case of a government office you'd want to specify
the hours
at which you can book an appointment for.

I've just talked myself out of all the possibilities I can think of.

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