[OSM-talk] [Tagging] UK, Cardiff and Edinburgh, change capital=yes to capital=4

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 5 05:13:18 GMT 2011

I don't think that numeric values of admin_level > 2 was intended to
be at roughly the same level of "importance" or "prominence" across
countries. Individual countries are free to specify how their
admin_level values correspond to their admin units. Otherwise, a
building in the Vatican City (not that they're actually tagged with
admin_levels) would be considered on the same level as Wales and

Then again, the style rules apply admin_level styles uniformly across
the whole world so there may be merit in discussing these things. On
the other hand, Mapnik and T at H are not definitive renderings and
people are free to create alternate renderings if they choose to do

On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 10:17 PM, M∡rtin Koppenhoefer
<dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2011/2/4 Nick Whitelegg <Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk>:
> > To be quite honest I really, really don't care that much at all: but, by
> > word of explanation I was only suggesting what I *thought would be sensible*
> > as England/Wales/Scotland/NI all have significant national identity of their
> > own.
> that's not the question though. The question is how is the country
> divided in administrative units.
> > Looking at the wiki article, one could argue for the removal of level 3
> > altogether to be quite honest as the vast majority of countries have no
> > entry. But once again, I really, really don't care that much.
> There is currently around 15 countries using admin_level=3, of course
> you cannot argue to remove it without damaging stuff. It is normal and
> has its sense that not every country has every level, because the
> countries are organized and structured in different ways, hence we get
> the possibility to map the differences and not force analogies where
> there aren't.
> Cheers,
> Martin

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