[Tagging] Numbered streets (1st Street vs First, etc)

Minh Nguyen minh at nguyen.cincinnati.oh.us
Mon Jan 25 07:04:10 UTC 2021

Vào lúc 14:56 2021-01-23, Martin Koppenhoefer đã viết:
>> On 23 Jan 2021, at 23:19, Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:
>> The "official" orthography can go in "official_name" and the on-the-ground name can go in "name".
> unless the on the ground name is abbreviated (very common in some areas), in which case there isn’t an attribute for the on the ground name exactly as on the ground. You could map individual street signs though (maybe makes more sense because every sign may have an alternative form/abbreviations)

Mapping individual street signs would be the only way to strictly adhere 
to the on-the-ground rule in San José, Califiornia, one of the largest 
cities in the U.S. Throughout the street grid, street name signs 
alternate between numerals and words every other block [1], for drivers 
and pedestrians alike [2], replete with idiosyncratic spellings like 
"Twentyfourth St" [3] and "Thirty-third St" [4].

I don't know why the city does that. Maybe the idea is that numerals are 
easier to comprehend but words are less confusable. But if roadway name 
tags hewed so strictly to the signposted spelling, then the map would 
look full of mistakes. Navigation applications would also find it 
challenging to abbreviate the street names to fit on a small phone screen.

[2] https://www.mapillary.com/map/im/tuwGAGBtTmNtJmRXfTTVzA
[3] https://www.mapillary.com/map/im/urj_yuUmzpKTk4O-ggHbwA
[4] https://www.mapillary.com/map/im/yW51vdQsI9ksqmJ6W18vTw

minh at nguyen.cincinnati.oh.us

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