[OSM-talk] shortened names

Steve Doerr doerr.stephen at gmail.com
Wed Jul 27 10:15:42 BST 2011

On 27/07/2011 03:04, Stephen Hope wrote:

> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:name#Notes
> Um - no.  If a place wants to be written "St Albans", then that's the
> name. Just because you pronounce it "Saint Albans" makes no
> difference.
> If they'd just shortened it for some signs to save space (like street,
> road etc), then I'd agree with you.  But if they want the proper name
> to be St Albans, not Saint Albans, we should respect that. If it is
> how the name is officially spelt, then it's not an abbreviation, even
> if it looks and sounds like one.

I personally prefer 'St' over 'Saint', but I wouldn't go so far as to 
assert what Stephen Hope does. After all, in alphabetical lists, names 
beginning 'St' have traditionally been sorted as if they were written 


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