[OSM-talk] Use of official names Re: shortened names

Pieren pieren3 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 28 23:14:16 BST 2011

On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 4:30 PM, Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> then let's nominate a tag to contain the "as signed" form, so everybody
> knows where they're at. Then the renderers only have two places to look to
> find the "most useful form".

Such tag already exist and was mentionned on this thread.

> Let's have common semantics at least. If we agree on "name=<as written on a
> sign>" then everybody can get back to mapping.

As mentionned by many others, street sign is an indicator. It is our primary
source for street names but they are others. And street signs have specific
constraints like space. That's why so many abbreviations are used. Of
course, you can copy what is written on the sign but this until someone else
replaces it by the full version.

> Simply mandating not using abbreviations is not going to help a lot.

That's not what I said. I just spoke about the tag 'name'.

> Why should official_name only apply to countries?

I just said that official_name was originaly created for official country
names. As said in the wiki, "official_name=Principality of Andorra" for
"Andorra" or "official_name=République Française" for "France", etc. It was
extended later to other things like schools but not by me.

> According to the wiki it's "The common default name".

Yes. +"don't use abbreviations" ;-)

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