[Talk-us] Highway Shield Rendering

Phil! Gold phil_g at pobox.com
Thu Apr 12 00:23:41 BST 2012

* Minh Nguyen <mxn at 1ec5.org> [2012-04-04 11:54 -0700]:
> More requests: in addition to its circular-shield state highway system,
> Kentucky also has an ad-hoc "parkway" network. At least some of them are
> tagged `network=US:KY:Parkway` with a shield URL in `symbol`.

Since I've now got shields rendering larger at higher zoom levels, I made
some shields for the Kentucky Parkways.  They are indeed pretty unreadable
until you get to about z17, but at that point you can mostly make out what
they are (or you can also just read the name on the road...).  At least
there's something on the motorways so they don't just look naked.

We're putting the shield images in the public domain (well, we're putting
them under a CC0 waiver, which amounts to the same thing semantically), so
I don't think the "Kentucky Unbridled" image would be compatible with
that.  I just went with an italic font.  (It's not like you can tell at
these resolutions, anyway.)

> One way to simplify them would be to use the routes' two-letter
> abbreviations.

NE2 suggested this for New York's parkways, too.  I want to see how the
current shields are received now that you can zoom in and see more detail
on them, but using the routes' initials is certainly a possibility if no
one likes their current incarnation.

> Adding to the mess, the AA Highway is a special case that I *think*
> belongs in `network=US:KY` as `ref=AA`.

I've added that, too.  The network=US:KY, ref=AA relation does not appear
to include all of the ways with the name "AA Highway" (it looks like the
relation ends somewhere around KY 2828).

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