[OSM-talk] The Proposed Great Colour Shift

Christoph Hormann chris_hormann at gmx.de
Thu Aug 20 08:09:39 UTC 2015

On Thursday 20 August 2015, Jc3b3hannes Birgir Jensson wrote:
> According to the github discussion there is an "overwhelming
> consensus" [2] on moving from current rainbow colour scheme for roads
> to a red-yellow only scheme.

Note this comment is mostly based on the early discussion of the matter, 
in particular in 


and in the early diary entries by Mateusz but also in countless comments 
made over the time elsewhere concerning the road color scheme.

This of course does not necessarily mean that all those supporting a 
change in general are fine with the scheme that is now developed by 

In general among those in favour of keeping the current scheme there 
have been only very few specific suggestions how to address the 
problems this leads to in the style, in particular the fact that the 
road network as a whole is not recognizable as such and the color 
conflicts with other colors in the style.

If you think a different styling than what is currently proposed would 
be better it would be best to show it.  Suggesting to use a paler 
yellow for tertiary or the color scheme of a different style is one 
thing, actually demonstrating how this looks and addressing issues this 
creates is another.  I know setting up the system for doing and viewing 
style changes is not trivial but if - as you say - there are so many 
people that would be badly affected by it there should be someone to 
demonstrate a viable alternative.

Christoph Hormann

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