[Talk-us] New I.D Feature

stevea steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Sun Nov 9 01:24:02 UTC 2014

As long as we have clever mappings like this (two-letter codes to 
whatever, especially if/as/when they are ISO standards), I am OK with 
data remaining as two-letter codes.  (I am not thrilled, but if there 
is a way to explain how the dots are connected and how to connect 
other dots given clever mappings, great).  I am glad we are having 
this discussion.  I'm not sure whether pedantic, but it is an 
interesting and distinct boundary.

(One I made off list to Richard Weait and Elliott Plack).

Still, for things that need their state address entered in Arizona, 
I'll do that, instead of AZ.  Just me?  No.

Seriously, understanding a more total semantic (instead of a single 
or vague concept) as represented by a syntax unit, like a two letter 
abbreviation, is something we should wave various colored flags 
about.  Careful that as many as possible both discuss and understand 
larger issues.  (Talk-us is a larger stage).

It seems to me that OSM remains resilient, talking to itself 
(ourselves) well.  So far, so good.  (Nothing like dotting an i or 
two and crossing some ts here and there).


>On 2014-11-07 22:35, Greg Morgan wrote:
>>In contrast to the addr:state debate that we are having, I always
>>use addr:country key with the "US" value. The difference here is that
>>addr:country is an agreed upon ISO standard.
>To be pedantic, the two-letter state abbreviations are codified in ISO 3166-2:
>The standard covers virtually all of the countries in ISO 3166-1 
>with alphabetic, numeric, or alphanumeric codes. In the U.S., the 
>codes are instantly recognizable as USPS abbreviations, but I don't 
>know whether the codes elsewhere are as commonly recognizable.
>minh at nguyen.cincinnati.oh.us

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