[Talk-GB] JOSM presets for rights of way in England and Wales

Bogus Zaba bogsub at bogzab.plus.com
Sun Feb 5 09:59:21 GMT 2012

On 04/02/12 20:00, Nick Whitelegg wrote:
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>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:United_Kingdom_Tagging_Guidelines#JOSM_presets_now_available
>> Comments on these presets and how they might be improved are welcome!
>> I may have not been reading this list thoroughly but I did not realise
>> that highway=path is a "vexed issue". I have been tagging rural
>> footpaths this way for some time, while I have used highway=footway for
>> more urban footways. I see from the table in the wiki which you link to
>> above (labelled Presets 0.7 (2012-01-29)) that none of these
>> recommendations include a highway=path tag. Should I therefore re-tag my
>> paths according to your table?
> This is a somewhat contentious issue, but all I can say is that this is precisely what I do and several others.
> Remember to also use the designation tag to specify the rights, public_footpath / public_bridleway / byway_open_to_all_traffic etc.
> highway is generally taken to indicate the physical condition of the way, e.g. highway=track if it's a track rather than a path.
> Nick
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Thanks. Good to know that I was not doing something stupid - I think I 
was just doing what others seem to have done (and of course it rendered 
in a way that seemed to make sense). I have been distinguishing between 
paths and tracks on the basis of their physical characteristics, but 
have not made much use of the the designation tag. Now that I see how 
this works, I have applied to a few recent ways and will work through 
other previous ways I have mapped.

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