[OSM-talk] name tags on place=country and how they're rendered on lowzoom

Stefan Baebler stefan.baebler at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 13:31:58 GMT 2009


>> where is a local language being set for a country or a region?
> It isn't at all. The software doesn't know which language "name" is in, only
> the mapper does.
Software can only gues the language of the default name from an
identical name value with a specified language.

eg:
name=Venezia
name:en=Venice
name:sl=Benetke
name:de=Venedig
...
can additonally be tagged with
name:it=Venezia

This could be used to make nice maps of default languages, if only it
was used more than just on major cities (smaller places rarely have
foreign names)

With just one tag precisely describing the name (with language) all
other translations could be pulled from wikipedia (enriching maps with
additional languages) when needed
eg such precise tag could be
wikipedia:en=Venice

Stefan




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