[Tagging] We should stop using hyphens to denote address ranges

Clay Smalley claysmalley at gmail.com
Tue Aug 18 18:55:41 UTC 2020


On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 11:26 AM Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> There are two use cases here: one is "what is the address of this building
> (or whatever)" and the other is the reverse situation: "where can I find
> number XXX". As long as we have tagging that is potentially ambiguous we
> won't be able to cover both.
>
> In the US I know of cases where an apartment number can follow the street
> address, i.e. 10-321 meaning Street Address 10, apartment 321. In Europe I
> know of the suffix being used to indicate apartment number, or floor number
> - e.g. 379-3 meaning Street Address 379, Floor/Flat 3. Sometimes other
> characters are used for the floor/flat such as A/B/C or I/II/III - in these
> cases it is unambiguous because it is non-numeric.
>

Can you point out some examples? I've never seen that syntax used in US
addresses.

On the other hand using the "1-5" notation to indicate a range is pretty
> well understood in the UK at least. What it is missing is the
> "interpolation" value (even, odd, all).
>
> So let us sort this mess out by defining:
> 1) that a hyphen indicates a range
> 2) sub-addresses like a floor or apartment number must not use the hyphen
> notation, but must be given in addr:unit
> 3) an address using the range syntax should indicate the interpolation
> scheme by means of addr:interpolation=*
>

This leaves the situation in Queens, NY unsolved, where hyphenated
addresses do not indicate ranges.
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