[Tagging] road names and refs

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Wed Jan 29 23:16:26 UTC 2020

On Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 5:02 PM Shawn K. Quinn <skquinn at rushpost.com> wrote:

> On 1/29/20 16:17, Paul Johnson wrote:
> > On Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 4:07 PM Joseph Eisenberg
> > <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com <mailto:joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>> wrote:
> >     In my hometown, the main road was California highway 96, so “ref=CA
> >     96” but we called it “Highway 96” so “name=Highway 96”.
> >
> >
> > I think you're confusing name=* with addr:street=* in that case, Joseph.
> JOSM has a mode where it renders highway=* with a color based on the
> name=* and nearby addresses with color based on addr:street=*. This is
> useful for finding misspelled and abbreviated road names either in the
> address or on the road itself. I've always thought name=* was to refer
> to the name of the road as used in addresses, usually indicated on
> street signs. Have I missed something?

The name is only the name, it is not a ref or old_ref.  This has even been
in the wiki and normal practice for longer than I was even aware of the
Names page.  https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Names#Name_is_the_name_only

For street names as they appear in addresses, see addr:street instead.
It's not uncommon at all for what gets put on the envelope is different
than what's on the sign, or the value of addr:street= to not even be a
street name but a highway number or even some internal route to whatever
state postal system is present (such as RFD and RR addresses in the US).
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