[OSM-talk] New road style for Default Map style - pull requested is opened

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Thu Aug 13 17:01:36 UTC 2015

On Thu, 2015-08-13 at 10:22 +0100, Lester Caine wrote:
> On 12/08/15 23:18, Andrew Hain wrote:
> > We have a great opportunity for a spot of promotion. Publish a post 
> > on our blog announcing the new style and explaining the reasoning 
> > behind it. Don’t forget to remind people that there’s a wide 
> > variety 
> > of map styles out there that you can even write your own style.
> It is perhaps time to review the front page yet again to provide 
> better
> links to some of the alternatives. This is a major WTF change which 
> will
> affect a LOT of third party users of the current map. The changes to
> date have been bad enough, but I WAS hoping to have an alternative
> rendering engine working by now so I can switch my UK location maps 
> to
> retain the main selling point for using OSM over Google ... the roads
> are the right colours ... but while I've got the planet file 
> replicating
> and tilemill is running, getting the current style setup actually
> producing tiles still eludes me :(  Lack of time is the problem, but 
> a
> decent set of instructions to work with openstreetmap-carto and 
> manage a
> branch off the current style would be helpful!

Whilst the new style is better than google in that there is colour in
the roads, google's and mappilarys mass of white roads make aligning
yourself very difficult when browsing the map.

One thing I do wonder is were was the discussion as to why we need a
new style and if so what we would like to see. I do recall any mailing
list discussion about something so fundamentally important to OSM.

Phil (trigpoint)

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