[OSM-talk] Handling of towns with different or alternative names

Andy Allan gravitystorm at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 19:57:53 GMT 2009

On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 7:50 PM, Russ Nelson <russ at cloudmade.com> wrote:
> On Jan 27, 2009, at 2:08 PM, Manfred Podzkiewitz wrote:
>> Hello, i have a question about the handling of unoffical, or ethnic,
>> or
>> historic names of towns and villages.
> The TIGER import in the USA uses name_1 for alternate names.  Perhaps
> we should view all tags starting with "name" as potential names?
> That points to using "nameEN" for the English name of a city, and
> "nameDE" for the German name of the same city, etc.
> Or should that be "name:EN" and "name:DE"?

Alternative names, local names, multilingual names and all that stuff
is covered already at


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