[Tagging] Which languages are admissible for name:xx tags?

Phake Nick c933103 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 25 10:50:15 UTC 2020

在 2020年3月25日週三 18:34,Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> 寫道:

> Hi,
> On 25.03.20 11:19, Phake Nick wrote:
> >     My guess is that about 5% of name:xx tags in OSM actually represent a
> >     unique name in its own right; all others are either copies of the
> name
> >     tag ("this city does not have its own name in language XX but I want
> >     every city to have a name:xx tag so I'll just copy the name tag"), or
> >     transliterations (or, worst case, even literal translations).
> >
> > Isn't that the function of the key?
> Unsure which of my list items you mean - copying the original name is
> not the function of the key; a data user can simply fall back to the
> name tag if no name:xx is given. Making a transliteration is also not
> the the function of the key, since transliterations can be automated.
> Making a translation is *certainly* not wanted!

How can a data consumer know that whether end user of a certain language is
going to understand the original language?
And transliteration cannot be automated. There are many specific rules and
exceptions when transliterting place names in different language software.
There are already some OSM-based software that would offer automatic
transliteration but their results are far from being usable. Making
translation is *absolutely essential* for people from different part of the
world to make use of OSM data. Last time when I was travelling in some
foreign nations, I have to give up using OSM because of poor coverage of
translated name for my language in that country which make me unable to
understand what the OSM map is saying.

> Adding Klingon name would not cause copyright issue since vocabularies
> > are not copyrightable.
> If someone adds a name and specifies a source web page, and the source
> web page says "all rights reserved", then I will not start a legal
> discussion.

Adding the word "All right reserved" on a page doesn't mean it is actually
all right reserved. Of I write "all right reserved" under my shop's tirle,
would you stop adding my shop's name into OSM?
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