[OSM-talk] Highway tagging in general around the world

Alex Mauer hawke at hawkesnest.net
Thu Aug 16 00:16:38 BST 2007

Brent Easton wrote:
> Hi Jeffrey,
> Without being rude like Steve, he is basically correct.
> The users of the map information do not see the highway tags, so their names do not matter. The end result is that you have big zoomy roads drawn in fat blue lines, less zoomy roads in green lines, down to crappy little roads drawn in thin yellow lines. This is basically the same all over the world.

That's an argument *against* what Steve said.  He said that motorways
should be tagged with one method, the autobahn another, and the us
interstate system in a third way.  You're exactly right that they're
basically the same all over the world.

> You can adjust this for your country. Australia has a far less developed road system than the US for example, so where in the US, a secondary road is a minor state highway, in Australia it is possibly a crumbling piece of bitumen with the odd line down the centre joining two small towns. 

You can even adjust this within a country, especially in a place (like
the US) where the designations have very little to do with how a road is
physically built.

-Alex Mauer "hawke"

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