[Talk-ca] road names

James Ewen ve6srv at gmail.com
Mon Jan 12 05:00:52 GMT 2009

On Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 7:19 PM, Steve Singer <ssinger_pg at sympatico.ca> wrote:

>  TransCanada Highway                 | Alberta          | 16 Highway

> If they are both defined I think we should take
> right_OfficialStreetNameConcat=>name
> routeNameEnglish[1-4]=>nat_name:en
> routeNameFrench[1-4]=>nat_name:fr
> where we concat the multiple route names separated by ';'.
> If the OfficialStreetName is - or None then we use the routeName1English,
> except in Quebec where we'd use the routeName1French=>name

I think you've probably got the best idea there, but can we define a
french name, and an english name in the OSM tags? I don't know if
there are attribute tags for alternate languages, but if not there
should be. Canada has two official languages, and there are other
countries that have 3 or more official languages.

BTW, you're going to find places where there are more than 2 differing
names for a road. Take for instance the Alberta sample you picked out.

It is a numbered highway in the Alberta grid, #16. It is also part of
the Trans-Canada highway system called the Trans-Canada Highway
Yellowhead Route. It's also known as the Yellowhead Highway (held over
from prior to being part of the Trans-Canada), and within the confines
of the City of Edmonton it is also the Yellowhead Trail. Who knows how
many other names it goes by between Masset and Portage La Prairie.

There are also a number of highways that have name designations well
as highway numerical designations.

I'd say concatenate and keep both French and English.


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