[Talk-us] Abbreviation Police

Alan Mintz Alan_Mintz+OSM at Earthlink.Net
Tue Aug 10 23:52:01 BST 2010

At 2010-08-07 21:40, Paul Johnson wrote:
>On Sat, 07 Aug 2010 18:28:26 -0700, Alan Mintz wrote:
> > Lastly, it matches the
> > overwhelming majority of print usage and signage.
>If print usage and signage were consistent even between cities in the
>same state, I'd tend to agree.  Given that what areas abbreviate which
>words and what abbreviation they use for it, I'd say trying to find
>abbreviations everyone can agree on for this is entirely futile to the
>point of not even being worth trying.

In the previous thread some months ago, I presented a handful of the most 
common street-type abbreviations, covering the vast majority of roads. They 
are widely used, consistent, and unambiguous. I can present pics as 
evidence from many southern CA cities, as I'm sure could other people for 
other places. They are particularly clear when placed in their own tag.

1- and 2-letter directional prefixes and suffixes (e.g. N, NW) are 
certainly unambiguous, especially when placed in their own tag.

An easily-created JOSM preset dialog with separate fields for these things 
is no harder to populate than the existing single-field. Renderers should 
use the component fields if they are present, avoiding the need for an 
expanded field altogether, though editors could certainly be modified to 
create one easily enough. It's simple logic and a very small hash lookup to 
expand it while rendering, certainly a very small percentage of the overall 
rendering job, though I think that many people, given the choice, would 
prefer a map with less clutter caused by seeing Boulevard, Street, and 
Avenue spelled out over and over again.

Alan Mintz <Alan_Mintz+OSM at Earthlink.net>

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