[OSM-talk] Serious consideration of "Newbie Editor"

Roy Wallace waldo000000 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 20:29:04 GMT 2010

On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 7:42 PM, Liz <edodd at billiau.net> wrote:
> I would suggest that Potlatch is left alone for its devotees.
> I'd start with the following in the design brief for the "Newbie Editor"
> Can add nodes, label them with default tags only (other than name).
> Can add ways, again default tag list only, other than name.
> Very limited deletion ability (no clear idea yet on how to define this).

I suspect starting at even this level of complexity would cause
feature creep towards Potlatch, anyway...In particular, being able to
add/edit ways requires handling many complex concepts (as others have
brought up), like joining ways, way direction, overlapping ways, etc.

How about an even bigger step back? If starting a new editor from
scratch is to be worthwhile, surely it should be a LOT more basic than
all other existing editors. i.e. how about only these features:

1) Add POI
User specifies:
  a) where it is
  b) what it is (choose from a single list of options)
  c) the name

2) Edit Name
  e.g. add or fix the name of an existing road - this should help a
lot with noname roads

Secondly: can we please decide on the scope of before we talk about
the details of the implementation (flash/javascript/etc)?

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