[Tagging] roads with many names

brad bradhaack at fastmail.com
Mon Aug 19 03:17:42 UTC 2019

So is F street, or 1st street a name or a ref?

On 8/18/19 10:27 AM, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> It looks like "CR 2" is a "ref" rather than a name, and so is FS
> 729.2B. A ref=, short for "reference number" (or more properly
> "reference alphanumeric string") is a set of letters and numbers that
> identifies a feature.
> While it's best to have the common name in the tag name=, like
> name=Corkscrew Gulch Road, it's okay to have more than one ref in the
> tag ref, separated by semicolons. Many database users can handle this.
> Eg:
> name=Corkscrew Gulch Road
> ref=CR 2;FS 729.2B
> If there are other, less common actual names, consider using
> alt_name=* or loc_name=* (local, informal names), but in this case it
> looks like there is just one name, but multiple reference numbers.
> Joseph
> On 8/19/19, Rob Savoye <rob at senecass.com> wrote:
>> On 8/18/19 9:41 AM, Paul Allen wrote:
>>> Assuming that "CR 2" is a name and not a ref, one possibility that
>>> springs to mind, and which will no doubt be highly controversial is
>>    Yes, it's county designated name. It's gets messier than that, as
>> sometimes "CR 2" might include multiple other road segments, all with
>> different names common and USFS names. We prefer the common name or the
>> USFS name, but I have no control over what Dispatch gives us.
>>> name=CR 2 / Corkscrew Gulch Road / FS 729.2B alt_name=CR 2; Corkscrew
>>> Gulch Road; FS 729.2B
>>> If you have several name or several ref, you can use the “;”
>>> separator
>>    Ah, I've used that elsewhere, didn't think about it for road names.
>> The problem though is since the name gets displayed, too many long road
>> names obscures the map. I've had similar problems with house addresses
>> in the more densely populated areas. When I produce a KML file from OSM
>> data, I put all the names in the description popup. That works in GPS
>> map apps, but not in OsmAnd. Plus I wonder if that would break routing...
>> 	- rob -
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