[Tagging] Fwd: Re: Forest parcel with other landcover (scrub, scree…): how to map?

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 23 22:36:46 UTC 2019

On Wed, 23 Jan 2019 at 22:17, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:

let me just repeat that ...
> "In OSM meaning of word used as key frequently has nearly no relation with
> meaning of tag."

Unlike you, I do not read that as an endorsement of the practise but as a

Consider if we decided to tag schools as amenity=restaurant and restaurants
landcover=trees.  Not a problem, because OSM meaning has nearly no relation
natural language usage, right?  With the right lookup table in editor
presets and
renderers it would work.  Apart from when a mapper looks at the raw tag...

Ideally, OSM meaning would always match natural British English meaning.
otherwise we end up with things like landuse=forest (intended for logging)
being used to
map areas of trees not used for logging.

We should strive to create tags that match their natural British English
usage and lament
those cases which do not meet that aim.

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