[Tagging] New tag proposal: 'addr=milestone'

santamariense imagens.sm at gmail.com
Tue Oct 1 23:36:26 UTC 2019

> I think we're close to hitting the record for how misleading a tag name can
> be.


> This is a proposal for a tag addr:milestone to allow us to specify a
> distance in kilometres
> (not miles), of a house (not a milestone) and the nearest milestone isn't a
> stone but a sign.

It could be in kilometres or miles, depending on the measuring system
of each country. I have already seen literally some milestones at
roads, but yes, they are generally in signs.

> If the locals call the road markers (marked in kilometres and which are not
> stones)
> milestones then there is some slight justification for addr:milestone.  But
> only slight,
> because the address doesn't give the nearest "milestone" but a distance
> along a road.

This could also be understood as follows... I would say that the
address does give the nearest milestone (if it's corrected and
updated) and also gives a distance along a road.

> Unless the locals call road markers "milestones" and think of the "9.5km"
> in terms of
> milestones, addr:milestone is a horrific misnomer and addr:distance better.

As a non-native English speaker, I'll not opine.

> We have a similar system for numbering rural addresses eg
> https://www.google.com/maps/@-28.1554393,153.313766,3a,18.8y,127.92h,70.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sir8KWhNY9fZpBY-ooY_u8g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656,
> 567
> Austinville Rd is 5670 m's from the start of the road, &, because it's an
> odd number, is on the left side.
> I just list them as addr:housenumber

At least in Brazil, some address can contain both values:
addr:housenumber and (proposed) 'addr:milestone'.

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