[Talk-in] Multilingual name tagging convention in India

Srravya C srravya.c at gmail.com
Tue Jul 5 06:19:49 UTC 2016

Found a little more about this topic in a discussion here
We could put the details about multilingual naming for India in this page
<http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Multilingual_names>. So that anybody
referring to this page in the future for naming convention, will get an
idea about existing conventions followed for India.

On Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 8:44 AM, Thejesh GN <i at thejeshgn.com> wrote:

> 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
>> --
>> Arun Ganesh
>> @planemad
>> <http://j.mp/ArunGanesh>
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