[Talk-in] Multilingual name tagging convention in India

Thejesh GN i at thejeshgn.com
Tue Jul 5 03:14:23 UTC 2016

I think the existing convention works really well. Use name tag for latin
script and specific language tag for that language names. I think this
makes it easy to work and also divide work.

On Jul 4, 2016 11:34 PM, "Arun Ganesh" <arun.planemad at gmail.com> wrote:

> Bringing this up since there are recent edits adding multilingual labels
> to the `name` tag [1][2].
> The current convention that has been followed is to use `name` for the
> local name in latin script. The reasoning if I remember was two fold:
> - English being one of the official languages, latin script is widely used
> in cities and in public signages in smaller towns. Only in villages it is
> uncommon.
> - Keeping the tagging convention simple[3], that could be used throughout
> the country in a standard way
> Keeping just one name in each tag, we have been able to avoid issues like
> the first mapper rule[4] that could cause unnecessary regional conflicts
> over ordering of scripts like in Belgium (and they have just two languages).
> Since we can add the regional names in their own name:lang tag, no data is
> ultimately lost, and it is upto the data consumer to choose which language
> to support for the user.
> Would be great to hear positives and negatives of this approach and how it
> benefits the public Is it time to revise this convention to be more
> regional rather than national?
> [1] http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/40472998
> [2] http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/40479683
> [3]
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_India#Naming_in_different_scripts_and_languages
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> Arun Ganesh
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