[Talk-us] Directional Prefix/Postfix Proposal (take 2)
kevin at atkinson.dhs.org
Mon Aug 9 22:05:34 BST 2010
I went ahead and wrote up a proposal at:
I also notice that some people are removing the directional prefixes
_without_ storing the information in another tag. See:
So I think it is in everyone's best interest that is proposal goes through
ASAP, to prevent the lose of information.
On Sat, 7 Aug 2010, Kevin Atkinson wrote:
> I'm giving this another shot, this time I am completely staying out of the
> abbreviation debate.
> A full street address included more than just a Number and a Street, it also
> includes a directional prefix and suffix. Vid the kid, gave an excellent
> overview at http://vidthekid.info/misc/osm-abbr.html. For example (from his
> page) in the address:
> 4242 S Champion Ave E
> The 'S' is a directional prefix and the 'E' is the suffix and in:
> 1337 Rainbow Dr SW
> The 'SW' is a directional suffix (really a quadrant suffix).
> I hereby propose new tags to record the presence of directional indicators in
> the address as follows:
> Assuming the name is stored in "name" the new tags shall be
> If an alternative street name is stored in another tag than replace "name"
> with that tag, for example "alt_name:prefix".
> If the directional prefix or suffix is not part of the name than the
> appropriate tag shall be used to indicate the need for a directional prefix
> in an address. It shall be one of:
> 'N' 'S' 'E' 'W', 'NW' 'SW', 'NE', 'SE'
> If it is included in the word "included" shall be used instead. This means
> the the first word (for a prefix) or the last word (for a suffix) is a
> directional indicator.
> The inclusion of a directional prefix or suffix should be decided on a city
> by city bases and is not part of this proposal.
> The full name can go in 'name:full" as an aid in name finder and the like.
> But this tag is essentially redundant so I am glad to make it optional.
> If the full name is not provided the formation of an address shall be as
> <number> <prefix if exists and not the word "included">
> <name> <suffix if exists and not the word "included">
> I use the word "included" rather than a new tag to simplify data entry. It
> also does not significantly complicate usage of the tag. But I am not dead
> set on the idea.
> Separating out the base name and the street type would be nice, but I don't
> think anyone will really enter in all those tags. Also I want to limit the
> scope to directional prefix or postfixes.
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