[OSM-talk] The Proposed Great Colour Shift

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Sat Aug 22 22:51:02 UTC 2015

On 8/22/2015 4:20 AM, Daniel Koć wrote:
> Could anybody with technical background in the inner OSM workings tell 
> us what is holding us back with introducing new styles (be it raster 
> styles, additional/interactive layers or even vector tiles)?

Only a lack of people willing to do the work.

Multiple people have started their own styles based on OpenStreetMap 
Carto. Both the French style and the new German style started this way. 
I believe both the cycle map and transport map on osm.org are using 
vector tile infrastructure now. OpenSeaMap provides a rendered overlay.

If you're asking about on osm.org, I believe there's just been a lack of 
interest. To be added a layer would need to support the criteria on 
I believe the last request was the HOT layer, which got added.

If another tile host wanted to write a proposal to add their tiles, I'd 
be willing to talk to them about helping. I still have all the HOT 
stuff, so wouldn't need to redo that.

For new layers which are overlays or in-client vector tile rendered, 
there would also probably be a pull request needed to add the necessary 

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