[Talk-us] Highway Tagging Consensus to Improve OSM (and address some of 41 latitude's concerns)

Anthony osm at inbox.org
Tue Oct 19 20:06:36 BST 2010

On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 2:59 PM, Alex Mauer <hawke at hawkesnest.net> wrote:
> On 10/18/2010 04:54 PM, Anthony wrote:
>> First of all, the ref tags aren't valid.  The numbers are references
>> of *routes*, not of *ways*.
> You could equally say “the name tags aren’t valid; the names are references
> of *streets*, not of *ways*”.

I could, and I have, actually.

> So just like applying a name= tag to a way to say “this way is part of the
> street named foo”, we must apply a ref= tag to a way to say “this way is
> part of the route with reference foo” in order to get it to show up on the
> map.  It’s what we’ve got for now; until we have something better we have to
> live with it.

In terms of routes, we do have something better.  Route relations.

There are also street relations, but so far they are only proposed.

> Fix the renderers first.

Don't tag for the renderer.

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