[OSM-talk] Mapping streets as areas - can I do it now?

Anthony osm at inbox.org
Tue Feb 23 07:30:17 GMT 2010


On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 1:49 AM, John Smith <deltafoxtrot256 at gmail.com>wrote:

> On 23 February 2010 16:43, Anthony <osm at inbox.org> wrote:
> > We've got all the tools we need - nodes and relations.  With them we can
> > build anything else we want.
>
> I'm sure people said the same thing about ways and nodes,


Perhaps they did, but they would be wrong.


> why did we need relations?
>

Relations are recursive - they can contain other relations.  Ways can only
contain nodes.

> I think an acceptable method of micro mapping lanes will come as soon as
> > someone makes a renderer that renders one of the myriad of possible
> > solutions.
>
> Micro mapping isn't just for rendering, in fact it has far bigger
> applications in the routing side of things, eg "In 500m merge into the
> right lane" etc, a lot of this is just meta information and doesn't
> need to be mapped visually to the nth degree.
>

True, but I don't think people will accept a micro-mapping solution until
they can see it.  It's too abstract for most people to picture in their
minds.
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