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

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Mon Jan 19 14:13:25 GMT 2009


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ビカス ヤダワ (vikas yadav) wrote:
> where is a local language being set for a country or a region?

By the country or regions government, usually.

I think there is a misunderstanding going on here. If I speak English, I
want and English map of the world. If I speak French, I want a French
map of the world. In neither case do I want a map that has England in
English and France in French. IMHO, the correct procedure for drawing a
map is to:

1. Decide what language your map is in.
2. Look for name:[language]= tags and draw them
3. Look for name= tags where the one for your language doesn't exist.

The problem is that the default maps generated by the project (mapnik
and osmarender) both get this wrong. They omit step one, and try to
pretend that the map can be not in any particular language.

AFAIK, there is no English language rendering of OSM. There is a Welsh
one, for example here:
http://sucs.org/~rollercow/cyosm/
and probably other languages around the place.

Robert (Jamie) Munro
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