[OSM-talk] Rendering of Place Names in Mapnik

Gustav Foseid gustavf at gmail.com
Thu Dec 18 21:20:46 GMT 2008

On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 6:34 PM, Ed Loach <ed at loach.me.uk> wrote:

> Perhaps something could be done similar to boundary with so many
> admin_levels and some sort of default mapping from the existing 4
> places to their new numeric equivalent (a bit like footway and some
> combination of tags including highway=path are equivalent as far as
> I can tell). This would allow areas around the world to use
> intermediate levels should they wish to, if their societal structure
> makes such use appropriate.

That could be an option, but it is not backwards compatible. It would,
however, make it easior to adapt to various cultures.

The place name structure must work in a number of different situations, just
to mention a few:

- A metropolis like Tokyo or Los Angeles, often constisting of what is
considered a number of "smaller" cities.

- An island like Crete, where the mountains are literally scattered with
little towns and hamlets quite close together (example from Douglas Furlong
in another thread).

- Norwegian rural areas, where villages are just areas where the houses are
somewhat closer than outside of villages.

> I'd probably add suburb somewhere between town and village, and
> allow perhaps 2 spare levels between each of those 5 categories, and
> perhaps a couple either side as well, though can't imagine what gets
> smaller than hamlet - "isolated house" perhaps?

"Regions within a town or city" is of course another problem, with only
suburb available today.

 - Gustav
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