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

Yann Coupin yann at coupin.net
Tue Jan 27 20:39:10 GMT 2009

Le 27 janv. 09 à 21:02, Simon Ward a écrit :

> This doesn’t account for multiple names in the same language,  
> though.  I
> can also imagine a place having several old names over time, while
> old_name=* really only allows for one.

The general rule in OSM is that multiple values for a tag must be  
separated by a semicolon. Why would names be different than any other  
tag? Thus, a place where name has change multiple times should be  
written like this:

old_name=old name;ye oldee name;oldish name

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