[Talk-us] Tidying up TIGER data

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Thu Jun 4 23:25:10 BST 2009

Ted Percival wrote:
> I'm not sure why the logic is inverted. While it is common notation to
> abbreviate the cardinal directions, the street signs actually say "300
> West", and I would prefer voice navigation software to say "Turn on
> Three hundred West" Rather than "Turn on Three Hundred Double-U", for
> instance. I think the usual principles apply: it's easy enough for
> renderers to abbreviate full words when it's appropriate, and routing
> software to understand how users might abbreviate their input.
> Maintaining unnecessary ambiguity in the database should be avoided.

Well, you hit the nail on the head, I figured expanding cardinals is
about as trivial like creating abbreviations for particular words
automatically as needed.  If the general consensus is that we should
expand those, I will.

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