[Talk-us] Current status with highway shields?

Martijn van Exel m at rtijn.org
Thu Oct 10 04:03:40 UTC 2013

(sorry if this makes it twice - I tried posting from my other account
but got flak from Outlook)
Yes that would be really interesting to push forward. To my mind this
should be a default tile layer on osm.us (not that we have a slippy
map on there today at all – but we should).
The layer still works -->
(pro tip: shift double click to zoom out…)
I don't remember very clearly but I think my main concern is that this
operates on a pre-carto Mapnik stylesheet – which would make it
difficult to keep in sync with style tweaks to osm.org – and more
difficult to maintain in general.

On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us> wrote:
> +1
> In a conversation with a King County (Washington) employee, we discussed his
> project to create tiles from OSM to use as basemaps for King County and
> hopefully others. While he doesn't need our tile server, the shields would
> really enhance the basemaps.
> On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 7:54 PM, Evin Fairchild <evindfair at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I was just wondering what's been going on with rendering the highway
>> shields. I haven't heard anything about it for a while. The last time
>> anything was mentioned about this was in late-July when it was announced
>> that the tiles were put up on the OSM-US server--and that was only meant to
>> be a preview. I know that the code has to be changed to work with the new
>> Carto stylesheet, but I didn't expect that to take so long. Sorry if I sound
>> impatient, but I've been waiting patiently for the past two months.
>> Also, I have noticed that the shields for bannered WA State routes (Spur,
>> Alternate) are not rendering. I emailed Phil Gold (creator of the awesome
>> shield rendering) about this almost a month ago, but he never responded so
>> this hasn't been fixed. Anyway, I'd appreciate it if this can get addressed.
>> Thanks for coming up with the whole highway shield rendering. I really
>> appreciate the effort, because the shields are a 154% improvement over the
>> current way of displaying highway numbers. I appreciate your efforts on
>> getting this whole project completed. Unfortunately I'm not a programmer,
>> but if there's anything I can help with, let me know.
>> All WA State Hwys. are now ready for shields (that is, they all have
>> relations), but are the shields ready for display on the slippy map? I hope
>> they will be soon.
>> Thanks, Compdude
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