[talk-au] Question Regarding multiple alt_names

Martijn van Exel m at rtijn.org
Tue Nov 20 19:13:51 UTC 2018

Hi Nemanja,
You can use semicolons if there are multiple alternate names, like alt_name=Big Apple Street;Highway 666.
Folks used to use name_1, name_2 but this seems to be generally discouraged now.
There is also loc_name but the use of that has always been a bit unclear to me, since local (posted) information should always be considered before anything else.
For numbered highways you can also use the ref / network tag, especially if ‘Highway 666’ is not the posted name.
Wiki pages that are relevant:
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Names#Multiple_names <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Names#Multiple_names>
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:name <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:name> 
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Multiple_values <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Multiple_values> 
I don’t know if there’s any local conventions that would trump this general rule — I am not familiar with that, since I am not in / from Australia. Just trying to help :)

> On Nov 20, 2018, at 10:20 AM, Nemanja Bračko <brackone at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Can anyone help us, what we should do in the situation when we have
> more then one alt_name?
> Imagine the situation:
> RD_NAME1: New York Street
> RD_NAME2: Big Apple Street
> RD_NAME3: US Highway
> This is not a problem, let's say NY Street is name, US Highway is
> alt_name (which is part of wider area, but without relation), and Big
> Apple Street can be Local name. What if you have one extra or two
> extra names? How do you want to map it?
> Please advice,
> Nemanja
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