[Talk-us] Road abbreviations

Kam, Kristen kristenk at telenav.com
Wed Aug 6 21:01:13 UTC 2014


I concur with Toby+Clifford.

I had a discussion with a coworker about road name abbreviations in OSM.  He came across an existing OSM wiki page that contains a lookup table that maps the full word (street type or general place) to an abbreviation (mostly USPS):

·         http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Name_finder:Abbreviations#English

Additionally, the USPS publishes their official abbreviations:

·         https://www.usps.com/send/official-abbreviations.htm

These accepted and documented abbreviation practices can be used by end-users when processing the OSM data for display purposes.



Kristen Kam
OSM Profile --> http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/KristenK

From: Clifford Snow [mailto:clifford at snowandsnow.us]
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 1:14 PM
To: Toby Murray
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Subject: Re: [Talk-us] Road abbreviations

On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM, Toby Murray <toby.murray at gmail.com<mailto:toby.murray at gmail.com>> wrote:

The answer is: Neither. It is always easier to go from full names to abbreviations for display than to go the other way around. (See Mapquest tiles - they abbreviate street names) Therefore we should always store things un-abbreviated. No ambiguity, no questions about which list of abbreviations, no one making their own abbreviations. Everything is explicit.


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