[OSM-talk] shortened names

John Smith deltafoxtrot256 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 29 05:33:15 BST 2011

On 29 July 2011 14:22, Stephen Hope <slhope at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 28 July 2011 21:52, Brian Quinion <openstreetmap at brian.quinion.co.uk> wrote:
>> Now that said I don't really care which tag is used for the 'full'
>> name.  I'd personally prefer the name tag was used for this because it
>> has always been the policy of OSM that the name tag includes the full
>> unabbreviated name.  Really - this has been one of the few points of
>> (until recent conversation) agreement.
> The argument here is what the full unabbreviated name is.  You seem to
> think it is Saint Albans.  The town says it is St Albans.  It's their
> name, we shouldn't mess with it.  The St in this case is *not* an
> abbreviation, it's an alternate spelling.  The name tag should have
> the official name, not some expanded version because it's easier for
> us.
> I would add "Saint Albans" as an alt_name.

This is bound to end up in edit wars if people insist on telling
locals that the name of their town is wrong.

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