[talk-au] [OpenStreetMap] intersections
tangararama at gmail.com
Tue Nov 29 05:47:53 GMT 2011
On 29/11/2011, at 3:20 PM, nicholas.g.lawrence at tmr.qld.gov.au wrote:
> > > I will continue to edit to get the roads and intersections to look
> > > professional, reflecting reality, rather than the confusing,
> > > rendering with an over-abundance of arrows and street names that
> I so
> > > often come across.
> > I for one don't want an OSM which looks pretty, but is useless! The
> > reality we seek is utilitarian, not just aesthetic.
> > John H
> Sounds like a data vs rendering issue?
> You want the data for routing, but the rendering should still look
Recently I read a suggestion for "zoom hinting" tags to assist /
override renderers in deciding whether certain elements should be
visible at certain zoom levels. Adopting an "assisted rendering"
approach to hide various ugliness could be a step toward having the
best of both worlds.
Not only with road elements, POIs, but also place names.
Here's a perfect example - it's my understanding that small, isolated
regional townships in remote areas of Australia need to be tagged as
towns or cities, despite their population being that of a village.
E.g. the township of Tennant Creek, NT is tagged "City", though it's
population is only 3,500 (2005 data). The OSM wiki suggests a
population centre of 100,000+ is a City.
However, we need to break these rules in order to put small but
important isolated townships "on the map", so it's a case where
tagging for the renderer is accepted, but it's something that I'm not
comfortable with and is a perfect example to demonstrate a need for
assisted rendering tags.
Imagine a tourist... off to see the "City" of Tennant Creek because
OSM told them it's a major population centre... and they arrive to
find a truckstop and a pub! :-)
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