[Tagging] Route names that aren’t names

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Sun Mar 29 21:06:47 UTC 2020

I think the trick is to come up with a solution that does not change
anything for the current users (backward compatible), but provides a
functional or visible benefit if applied. I would not hesitate to apply
such a solution to all the foot/hiking routes I oversee.

By the way, WMT finds a lot of routes by name, even though the names
contain hyphens, comma's, colons and round brackets.

Best, Peter Elderson

Op zo 29 mrt. 2020 om 22:29 schreef Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net

> Sarah Hoffmann wrote:
> > These days I wonder if it wouldn't be better if we introduce a
> > tag that explicitly contains the name only. How about
> > official_name for a, well, official name of the route and
> > local_name for one that is used by everybody else.
> Interesting thought. That really isn't a terrible idea. Well, ok, it _is_ a
> terrible idea in that one really shouldn't have to explain that the name
> tag
> is for the name and the ref tags is for the number, but we are where we
> are;
> and changing current usage appears likely to encounter resistance from the
> usual tedious sludgifiers.
> I'm slightly nervous of officlal_name because it's prone to sludgifiers
> (previous message refers). I wonder whether route_name= might work best if
> a
> reasonable definition were formulated? Something like "The popularly
> accepted name (and name only) for the whole route, excluding route number
> and geographical/similar qualifiers", illustrated with a set of examples.
> Yes, the key's a bit tautologous, but we have thousands of route=bicycle
> with route=?cn where the "c" stands for "cycle", so that's already a lost
> cause...
> Richard
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