[OSM-talk] Pedestrian crossings and barriers

Alex Mauer hawke at hawkesnest.net
Thu Aug 2 22:18:05 BST 2007

Andy Allan wrote:
>> Is this better?
> If someone was to suggest one-tag methods that mollified those who
> don't want to learn new words, then I'd prefer that.

It's not about being unwilling to learn new words.  It's about A: having
tags that actually describe what a thing is instead of pulling animals
and candy out of your ass, (or I guess the british government's ass),
and B: having tags such that someone who is not from the UK (i.e. the
majority of the world) can understand what the hell is being referred
to, without needing to first understand that the british gov't decided
to name every type of road crossing, second that they named them after
animals, and third use a lookup table to figure out what the hell they
actually mean.

> PPS I'm sticking to crossing=toucan, for those who haven't gathered my
> point, until someone comes up with something *better*.

Someone (David Earl) already did.

If you're too lazy to add more than one tag, even something like
crossing=uncontrolled_pedestrian+bicycle+horse is better. And it sounds
like JOSM's tagging presets can do the job for you there as well so you
can have your one-action tagging without dumping this pile of
UK-centricity off on the rest of us.

And if it's absolutely necessary that you use animals and candy to refer
to your crossings, please at least follow Frederick Ramm's suggestion
and indicate that they're UK-specific by doing either uk:crossing=zebra
(etc) or crossing=uk:zebra.

-Alex Mauer "hawke"

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