[OSM-talk] Maximum segment length?

Scott Walde scott at waldetech.ca
Fri Mar 23 02:53:28 GMT 2007

Lars Aronsson wrote:
> Scott Walde wrote:
>> Exactly.  That's how our east/west roads are built here.  Our 
>> north/south try to follow longitudes, but require correction 
>> lines every so often.
> So what if a road heads north-west (diagonal), is it straight on a 
> Mercator projection or on a linear lat-lon grid?
Yes.  That's why I noted that I understood the ambiguity then went on to 
explain my selfish reasons for wanting it my way.  I drove 250km today 
the vast majority of which was SW, so, yes, I understand the problem.
> If a straight road in Ontario goes from (51, -86) to (53, -88), 
> does it pass through (52, -87) or not?  If it does, that's a 
> straight line in a linear lat-lon grid, but it is a curve in a 
> map using Mercator's projection.
Who cares?  That's Ontario.  My province has 185,000km of road, the vast 
majority of which are either straight north/south or mercatorly straight 
east/west. :-)


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