[Talk-us] "refs" describing routes instead of ways

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Thu Dec 23 02:00:38 GMT 2010

On 12/22/2010 02:53 PM, Richard Welty wrote:
> On 12/22/10 2:22 AM, Paul Johnson wrote:
> rather than get into detailed back-and-forth, i'm going to suggest a
> framework
> for deciding when it's appropriate to put something in a ref tag.
> 1) ref tags tend to get rendered at some zoom level. for mapnik or
> osmarender,
> there may be some decluttering going on, tags may not be rendered until a
> certain zoom level, or some ref tags may be selectively omitted.  will
> including
> these detailed reference tags cause a clutter problem.
> 2) likewise, ref tags may get included in the text banner at the top of
> (for
> example) a garmin display. again, will this be helpful to the end user
> or confusing
> to the end user.
> 3) routing algorithms may choose to include ref tag info in the
> directions they
> generate. same comment as 2 applies here. did the info help or hurt?

This isn't a problem with the data itself, but with the renderers.  I'm
talking about a problem with how we handle the data, the folks
developing the renderers can just deal with it like they have every
other tag.


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