[Talk-us] Directional Prefix/Postfix Proposal

Apollinaris Schoell aschoell at gmail.com
Mon Aug 2 17:42:44 BST 2010

On 31 Jul 2010, at 21:58 , Kevin Atkinson wrote:

> On Sat, 31 Jul 2010, Val Kartchner wrote:
>> On Sat, 2010-07-31 at 21:31 -0600, Kevin Atkinson wrote:
>>> On Sat, 31 Jul 2010, Val Kartchner wrote:
>>>> 1) I agree with most of your proposal.
>>>> a) Your proposal doesn't take into account cases where there is both a
>>>>    name and a numeric designation for a street.  An instance in Ogden,
>>>>    Utah is "Washington Boulevard" and its alias "400 East".
>>> In both cases doesn't a directional prefix apply.
>>> However, to avoid ambiguity with the "_prefix" tag.  How about this rule.
>>> The "_prefix" and "_suffix" apply to all name tags.  Hence if name_1 is
>>> "400 East" than name_1_prefix shall be "S", etc.
>> So, you're also proposing that the additional name(s) be placed in
>> "name_1", etc.
> No.  I'm saying _if_ the name is places in name_1 than use name_1_prefix, if it is placed in alt_name, use alt_name_prefix, etc.

alt_name has a specific meaning and shouldn't be used for this. also name_1,2 … was used for Tiger with the same purpose as alt_name.
Now if you play around with prefeix, postfix, abbrev or expanded name it's better to use a different tag osm strength is to make this easy. So no reason to overload existing well defined tags with info which doesn't belong there and creates even more confusion.

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