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

vegard vegard at engen.priv.no
Mon Jan 19 17:08:35 GMT 2009

On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 05:01:17PM +0100, andrzej zaborowski wrote:
> I was wondering about links to wikipedia in national languages and
> asked about it on IRC recently and settled on tagging with
> wikipedia=en:Venice rather than wikipedia:en=Venice (actually I use
> the form wikipedia=<language>:Page_Title only for non-english articles
> and wikipedia=Page_Title if English is available).  I try to tag not
> only major place names but also anything else that has a page.
> Using "wikipedia=" instead of "wikipedia:<language>=" is good because
> it strongly suggests that there is only one such tag per object
> instead of many and avoids having conflicting translations with those
> in wikipedia.

This, I do not agree with at all. And your example is very good to
demonstrate :)

Why shouldn't the italian version of the page,
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venezia, be the authorative page, It looks
a little bit larger and more extensive. I think that just as we need a
namespace for local translations of names, we'll even more need to be
able to provide links to national forms of wikipedia-articles. Assuming
they belong in the DB at all, a question I haven't thought all that much
about :)

- Vegard Engen, member of the first RFC1149 implementation team.

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