[OSM-talk] Labling places with Labels

Etienne Cherdlu openstreetmap-L at gj0.net
Thu Mar 2 16:59:30 GMT 2006

This sounds to me like it would work.

The labelling scheme is defined rather informally on the Labels page within
the wiki (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Labels ) but there is
nothing about place names in the nodes section (except class="hamlet").

The zoom visibility makes sense as well although I don't think there is any
precise definition of what a zoom level means in OSM (the zoom levels for
the applet may be different from the zoom levels used by a PDA device, for
example).  Perhaps the client should use the class property to decide
whether to display the node.  Nodes with class=city would be displayed at
zoomed-out levels, nodes with class=village would only be displayed at
zoomed-in levels.  It would be up to the client to decide what to show.

Be sure to add to the Labels page on the wiki with whatever you decide to

BTW I am experimenting with rendering maps using colour for different
classes of roads (see
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/KT13_Weybridgefor an example).
 If you settle on some scheme then I think I could render
the names on these generated maps quite easily.


On 3/2/06, Erik Johansson <erjohan at gmail.com> wrote:
> I was lamenting the fact that I can't go to Isle of wight nor Debconf.
> So I started thinking of labling the island with all the name that are
> available on the map, and realized that I don't know how.
> And since Evan brough up the geonet names, I see it there is two ways
> of doing this, using OSM or using geonames.org
> 1. OpenStreetMap
> I would just creat nodes and giving them the appropriate tags/attributes
> e.g.
> * name=Birghstone;class=village;zoomvisibility=9
> * name=Newposrt;class=city
> 2. Geonames.org
> doing the same and then import it to open street map, this would seems
> agood idea because of the webinterface it's easier to edit. But
> because of the amount of data there it's really a pain to edit.
> Am I on to something, or is it obvious how to do this?
> --
> /Erik
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