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

Stefan Baebler stefan.baebler at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 14:29:20 GMT 2009

On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 3:12 PM, Donald Allwright <
donald_allwright at yahoo.com> wrote:

> >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)
> How would you deal with something like:
> name=Paris
> name:fr=Paris
> name:es=Paris
> name:en=Paris
so we can scratch at least that one out from the list of all possible local
languages to give that Paris pixel a bit more yellowish tone ;)
I did say such language maps could be nice, not necessarily exact.


> ?
> You can't really tell the default language from this. It would only work if
> we can guarantee that only where the name is different in a specific
> language is it tagged - I've not checked but I'd guess there are lots of
> examples of (strictly speaking superfluous) tags like this. There will also
> be cases where the only difference is an accent on a letter - this will work
> if correctly tagged, but there will probably be a lot of errors in the
> tagging where an accent missed off in the native language. (e.g. Peru vs
> Perú).
> Cheers,
> Donald
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