[OSM-talk] Using multipolygons as boundaries

Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason avarab at gmail.com
Mon Jan 5 10:39:44 GMT 2009

On Sun, Jan 4, 2009 at 9:08 PM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:
> I am thus suggesting that we drop using the special "type=boundary"
> relation and instead use a simple "type=multipolygon" for administrative
> areas. Everything else would stay the same (boundary=administrative,
> admin_level=x, name=y, ...). Members would not carry the roles "exclave"
> and "enclave" (which seem to have been difficult to understand for
> some), but instead simply "outer" and "inner" just like with plain
> multipolygons.

This would be very welcome, I was recently trying to map just such a
boundary wondering why this couldn't just be a multipolygon instead of
some new type of relation that served exactly the same purpose.
Generalization FTW!

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