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

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 00:07:29 UTC 2020

On Wed, 25 Mar 2020 at 23:51, Tod Fitch <tod at fitchfamily.org> wrote:

I attempted to create a multi-lingual map recently and came to the
> conclusion that the suggestion in the wiki to repeat the name=*
> withname:<lg>=* was the only workable way we have at the moment for a data
> consumer to determine what the language used in the name value was.

Seems reasonable.  It might be sensible if the wiki mentioned this.  You've
followed this issue a lot longer than I have, so you're probably the best
choice of the two of us to do it.

> Same for the
> bilingual Welsh/English map, there is a non-OSM shape definition
> embedded in the renderer to help it decide what language is likely
> the default for the name tag value.

It may get the wrong answer if it has only the name to go on.  Sign
conventions in Wales have differed over the years and differ from
place to place anyway.  It is common to see something like
"Heol Napier / Napier Street" (I'm using "/" to represent a line
break and "Heol Napier Street."  Mappers vary in how they
tag such things: some "paint the label" and then make
the English and Welsh parts explicit in name:en and name:cy.
Some deliberately use only English, to find another mapper
comes along and uses only Welsh, and then an edit war
breaks out with both insisting that "Cardigan / Aberteifi"
is wrong because of some decision made at the Welsh
Mapper's equivalent of the Council of Nicea many years

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