[Talk-ca] Tagging of Street names.

James Ewen jewen at shaw.ca
Tue Apr 1 03:42:49 BST 2008

On Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 10:23 AM, Blake Crosby <me at blakecrosby.com> wrote:

> I asked the question a while ago on the newbies list.
> The suggested way is to tag the names to the fullest. Ie:
> 51st Street North East.
> The idea behind that is that the abbreviation is to be left to the front
> end display engine. Ie, the routing software or the map renderer.

The thread died before anyone actually discussed the
North/East/South/West portion...

First and foremost, you should never put a suffix on the number... ie.
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th...

However, if the road name is First Street, spelt out in full, I would
name it just that, and not 1 Street.

The wiki mentions that the named street type should be spelt out in
full. ie. Street, Avenue, Place, Way, Crescent.

As for the quadrant dilemma, I have been going with the abbreviation.
Nearly all of Edmonton is in the NW quadrant, with a small portion in
the NE, and now a growing section in the SW. There is no SE section to
Edmonton yet. All of the proper addressing is done with the
abbreviated version used, such as NW rather than spelt out Northwest
(also note, it would not be North West)

My two bits...


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