[OSM-talk] shortened names
John F. Eldredge
john at jfeldredge.com
Wed Jul 27 02:15:39 BST 2011
Ed Loach <ed at loach.me.uk> wrote:
> > > i've been told it's st albans, not saint albans as i 'corrected'
> it to
> > I think it is actually written "St Albans" as stated above.
> Yes, it is called Saint Albans, written St Albans, except where some
> websites seem to have expanded it.
> I personally would be tempted to store the name tag in expanded form
> so it is clear what the St abbreviation applies to (I've seen things
> like S St N on Google where they've abbreviated South Street North,
> for example, which just looks silly). This seems to agree with
> talk mailing list
> talk at openstreetmap.org
It makes sense to me to store the fully-spelled-out version of the name, and then have a local-language-based way of looking up abbreviations. This would lead to less ambiguity than having a program try to guess which terms are abbreviations, and what they are abbreviations for, since there may sometimes be more than one possible expanded form.
John F. Eldredge -- john at jfeldredge.com
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