[Openstreetmap] Editor UI - feature requests

Tom Carden tom at tom-carden.co.uk
Mon Dec 26 17:07:53 GMT 2005

On 12/26/05, Christian van den Bosch <cjb at cjb.ie> wrote:
> Hello again,


> I'm starting to get the hang of this editing thing, and I'm wondering if
> the editor UI couldn't be improved a little. Specifically -- could we
> have a new "add a street" tool? As I envisage it, it would operate at a
> higher layer of abstraction than we currently have, combining the
> operations of adding nodes, segments and names, perhaps even re-using
> existing nodes and segments where they happen to coincide with what's
> being added; you would click (not drag) your way down a street, adding
> nodes and segments together, and when you signal you're done (perhaps
> with a right-click?) you get to enter a street name to apply to all the
> segments just entered.
> I reckon this would be much easier and more efficient to use than first
> adding all the nodes, then following the trail of nodes to join them
> into segments (doing this by dragging is particularly painful using a
> laptop nipple), then following the trail again to name each segment
> individually (which seems like a lot of wasted typing).


> Lesser feature requests:
> - an 'insert node into segment' tool - useful for making curves more
> accurate, or joining new streets to existing ones. I've got quite a few
> streets in Cork that should join, but don't :)

Please add a ticket for this yourself -
http://www.openstreetmap.org/trac - it only takes a minute, you can
use your openstreetmap.org login account.

> - some idea of scale or distance, whether it be for the current window,
> or even the dx,dy in metres, from the last click position to the current
> cursor position.


> - undo! For some reason I seem very prone to using the move/adjust tool
> when I mean to add a segment; it takes a fraction of a second to move a
> node out of place, and perhaps a couple of seconds to put it right again.

Again, if you add a ticket for it, it should get picked up eventually.

http://www.openstreetmap.org/trac/report/1 shows what things we're
currently tracking.



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