[OSM-talk] Users, contributors and developers

Sebastian Spaeth Sebastian at SSpaeth.de
Fri Apr 27 10:29:27 BST 2007

SteveC wrote:
> namespace:key=value
> eg en:name:blah street
> or subkey?
> key:subkey=value
> name:de=blahstrasse
>  From the database POV it really doesn't matter but for those who see  
> the keyval system as 'chaos' it's all deeply significant. We couldn't  
> even agree that a third column was _needed_. Andy speaking from the  
> front lines would it be useful if it existed?

First of all, I don't care in which order a namespace/subkey/whatever
would appear, but I do see advantages and potential in using these. Just
a few random thoughts:

1) Bilangual place names have been mentioned:

2) Renderer specific hints:

3) Introducing multiple restrictions on one road:

3b) Same for junctions and other things:
way_id:2=4321,road_sign:2=North pole

3c) it could even be used to mark turn restrictions

This can be done without introducing an new columns and stuff, just by
using it as a convention. How it's done in the backend and what's it
called like should be of no concern to the end user...


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