[OSM-talk] Collapsed names

Inge Wallin inge at lysator.liu.se
Fri Jul 25 13:22:23 BST 2008

On Friday 25 July 2008 12:11:48 Frederik Ramm wrote:
> EdoM,
> > I'm proposing to add 2 extension to the name tag to mark which part of
> > the name could be collapsed or hidden
> > in the same moment you could give a priority
> Your idea of referecing parts of the name tag with numbers is error-
> prone because (a) people will not always agree on how names are split
> in parts (is "Baah blaah-blah blah" a three-part name or a four-part
> name?), and (b) people will change the name and forget to change the
> extra attributes because they're not clear about what they mean.
> If you want to have shortened names in the database, then I would put
> them in there explicitly, like so:
> name=Viale don Luigi Sturzo
> name_short_1=V.le don Luigi Storzo
> name_short_2=V.le Luigi Sturzo
> name_short_3=V.le L.Sturzo

perhaps better:

name_short=V.le don Luigi Storzo;V.le Luigi Sturzo;V.le L.Sturzo


> But generally I believe the renderer should just have proper rules
> about shortening and use them - so you would only employ above scheme
> for exceptions that the renderer cannot derive automatically.

Agreed!  I brought up exactly the same question a couple of months ago, and 
got convinced that that would make the most sense. Not that I've seen any 
renderers pick it up, though...  :-P


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