[OSM-talk] Collapsed names

Igor Brejc igor.brejc at gmail.com
Sun Jul 27 11:00:11 BST 2008

David Earl wrote:
> In principle it ought to be 
> possible to determine the country an object is in, even though it is 
> quite hard at present. I think a lot of things would benefit from this 
> ability: nationally-styled rendering rules, deciding which way 
> roundabouts go, name renderings, validation, improved searching context etc.
> David
I think it is not as easy as it looks. Some countries (Slovenia, for 
example) still do not have the whole border drawn in OSM (lack of free 
data), so you cannot use this to determine what belongs to what country 
- never mind the purely technical difficulties of doing so. And anyway, 
even this does not help for multilingual countries like Belgium or Spain.

It is probably more logical to use multilingual place names which should 
have an ISO language ID, like "name:ca" so that we can match them with 
appropriate language mappings like Name finder:Abbreviations. But this 
multilingual tagging is not used universally in the OSM community.
There is also an "is_in" tag, but again, it's not widely used (at least 
to my knowledge, I could be wrong).

BTW: it would be good to add ISO language IDs to the Name 
finder:Abbreviations page so that the mappings can be computer-matched 
more easily.



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