[OSM-talk] Maximum segment length?

Simon Hewison simon at zymurgy.org
Tue Mar 20 09:08:53 GMT 2007

Mike Collinson wrote:
> Same issue in Australia.  The folks who understand the rendering technology may give a better guideline, but I've been using a max segment of about 4km which I think came out a previous discussion on the issue. May be 2m would be better.  The key issue is that if the nodes of a segment fall completely outside a tile being rendered, even though its going through it, it is as if it were not there.  I'd guess that in your case there is no other data in the tile, therefore it does not get rendered at all.

I take it that you mean a maximum segment length of 4km or maybe 2 statute 
miles. A segment length of two metres would be crazy.

I would normally suggest a maximum segment length of about 1km, but then I 
live in an overpopulated, overdeveloped area.

Simon Hewison

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