[Talk-us] Why do city names display in the local language at osm.org?

Marc Gemis marc.gemis at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 04:54:01 UTC 2015


Jochen Topf has an experimental site where you can pick the language
for the tags, see http://mlm.jochentopf.com/


regards


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On Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 5:07 PM, Toby Murray <toby.murray at gmail.com> wrote:
> Yeah, the tiles on osm.org just straight up render the name=* tag
> which is supposed to contain the name of an object in the primary
> language of the area that it is in.
>
> I know Wikipedia has done some work on localizing maps. I believe the
> way they do it is to render a map without any labels and then have
> language-specific layers that have nothing but the names on them. The
> client chooses which name layer to load on top of the label-less base
> layer.
>
> I'm guessing there are better ways to handle this if you go the route
> of using vector tiles instead of bitmaps...
>
> Toby
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 9:40 AM, Steve Friedl <steve at unixwiz.net> wrote:
>> Mapping tiles are not generated on a per-user basis; they are generated for
>> all users and shared.  The rendering software has to make intelligent
>> decisions about how to make the maps look reasonable for everybody, and my
>> suspicion is that things like city names are chosen from the local language
>> of the country that the city is within, on the grounds that most people
>> looking at a city live in the country.
>>
>>
>>
>> It would be great if tiles were rendered customly for everybody (I’d be able
>> to see elevations in feet instead of meters), but that’s not how this one
>> works.
>>
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>>
>> Steve
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>>
>> From: Alan Bragg [mailto:alan.d.bragg at gmail.com]
>> Sent: Monday, December 21, 2015 7:32 AM
>> To: talk-us at openstreetmap.org Openstreetmap <talk-us at openstreetmap.org>
>> Subject: [Talk-us] Why do city names display in the local language at
>> osm.org?
>>
>>
>>
>> My preferred language is set to "en"
>>
>> For example Florence Italy displays as Firenze even though it's tagged with
>> many languages including en:Florence
>>
>> I get the same display in both the  chrome and internet explorer browsers.
>>
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