[Tagging] Finger- or guide-post text

Jan Michel jan at mueschelsoft.de
Fri Jul 17 15:24:41 UTC 2020

Hi Andy,
we already have (not well documented) tags for this:

Either you use destination_sign relations as Sarah pointed out. Or, if 
you prefer a more simple approach, there are eight defined keys to add 
the information with approximate directions:

direction_north, ..., direction_southwest, direction_northeast, ...

For some reason they are only mentioned on the German Wiki page

But they are used almost 30,000 times already, see e.g.

These eight cardinal directions seem to be quite imprecise, but if you 
look at common intersections, they are able to cover almost all cases.


On 16.07.20 20:24, Andy Mabbett wrote:
> I am mapping a fingerpost, aka guidepost:
>     https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:information%3Dguidepost
> I would like to add the inscription, for each of the three fingers,
> with their compass points. I note:
>     https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:destination
>     destination:337.5:=foo
> What do folk think?

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