[Talk-us] [Warning: Potential Flamewar] Clarifying InterstateRelations

Matthias Julius lists at julius-net.net
Mon Feb 8 22:07:59 GMT 2010


"Mike N." <niceman at att.net> writes:

>> Second, separating out the highway system requires the data consuming
>> application to know how to piece things back together.  Otherwise, a
>> shield on a map for example with just a "25" in it is pretty limited in
>> use.
>
>   After / if a generalized shield solution is in place, a 25 placed on an 
> 'Interstate' shield is quite descriptive.

But it required every application that is to deal with US data to know
about it.

> It avoids the need for the renderer or consumer to parse out the
> number.

Which is quite trivial to do.

>
>> Third, I consider a reference containing just the number to be
>> incomplete.  IMHO, the ref tag should contain the complete designation
>> of a piece of highway.  This also makes it easier to search for this.
>
>   To search, just search for both the network and route tags.  It's just as 
> though the information was placed in separate database columns.

Which makes it much more complicated if the application used for
searching does not support the schema.

Matthias




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