[Tagging] Mismatched tag status

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 10 23:41:55 UTC 2019


On Tue, 11 Jun 2019 at 00:21, Yuri Astrakhan <yuriastrakhan at gmail.com>
wrote:

> There is currently 267 key & tags on OSM wiki with mismatching STATUS
> field, as seen in http://tinyurl.com/y62j5m5e - e.g. amenity=fast_food
> has status=defacto in 10 languages, except German where it is marked as
> status=in use. Clearly this is not intentional, and should be the same in
> all languages.
>

If everything should be the same in all languages then we only need one
language.  Oh, you
didn't mean everything, just certain phrases describing status.  But I'm
fairly sure that not every
language uses the word "approved" to mean approved, so obviously we need a
language-
specific translation of the term.

Here's the thing.  In terms of OSM statuses, "de facto" means that the tag
is in use.  So you
appear to be complaining that idiomatic German prefers not to use a phrase
from a dead
language to describe a tag's status as being in use.

I'm not convinced you chose a good example.  Ones where the mismatch is
between "approved"
and "in use" are a definite mismatch which need correcting.  I'd be
inclined to leave "in use" as
a German synonym for "de facto" unless people who have German as a first
language say that
"de facto" would be acceptable.  Not all languages borrow phrases from
Latin, and in some
languages "de facto" is incomprehensible gibberish.  Mutatis mutandis, of
course.

-- 
Paul
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