[Tagging] lanes = 0

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Tue Jul 30 19:15:31 UTC 2019

Maybe quit fighting against a good idea just because it's hard?  And since
when have we ever been against incremental improvement over none at all
except for this specific thing?

On Tue, Jul 30, 2019, 14:04 Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 30 Jul 2019 at 19:46, Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:
>  Besides, just because something is hard to fix doesn't mean it shouldn't
>> be fixed.
> Yes, but modal verbs are tricky. :)  I agree it SHOULD be fixed, but that
> doesn't mean that it
> CAN be fixed.  And even if it CAN be fixed, that doesn't mean it WILL be
> fixed.
> Redefining lanes means we also need to re-examine all of them.  Some will
> be obvious
> from aerial imagery, some will need feet on the ground. And then we need
> to agree on
> an additional tag (which could just be a note, but with formal syntax) to
> show that the
> lanes tag has been used in a way that conforms to the new definition, or
> mappers are going
> to waste time checking the same roads many times.
> Better would be to come up with a new tag for it.  That way you know if
> the road has an old
> lanes=n tag or a new whatever=n tag and don't have to re-examine if it has
> the new tag.
> However, if standard carto makes any rendering decisions based upon
> lanes=n (I don't
> know if it does or not) then the carto guys may completely ignore our
> nice, new
> whatever=n tag because they seem to have a strict rule about "no aliases"
> and they might
> consider whatever=n to be an alias of lanes=n.
> Oh, and you'd have to get editors and routers to support the new
> whatever=n tag, although
> that probably isn't an insurmountable problem.
> Don't hold your breath for a change.
> --
> Paul
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