[OSM-talk] Landuse areas etc. abutting highways

Anthony osm at inbox.org
Tue Oct 6 15:04:06 BST 2009


On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 9:39 AM, Dave F. <davefox at madasafish.com> wrote:

> Marc Schütz wrote:
> > IMO (a) is the correct way to do this.
> >
> > We are trying to represent reality in our database.
>
> I'm not sure that's true. A map is a representation of reality, not
> reality itself.


True, but the database is not the map.  The database is used to create a
map.


> With the tools available to us at the moment attaining
> reality is a lot of work For instance the majority of mappers don't draw
> an area for, lets say, an 1800mm wide pavement/sidewalk, they would use
> a linear way to represent it.
>

Personally I'd say that's because the way doesn't represent the sidewalk, it
represents a path of travel which happens to coincide with a sidewalk.  But
I think I'm in the minority there.
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