[OSM-talk] New road style for the Default map style - the second version. And thanks for rural test locations!

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Thu Jul 23 14:41:23 UTC 2015


On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 9:07 AM, Lester Caine <lester at lsces.co.uk> wrote:

> On 23/07/15 14:53, André Riedel wrote:
> > For me the way motorways and trunks are rendered in the german style
> > looks better.
>
> This is going to a sticking point much of the time. Certainly if the
> colours change form the current set, then I think we will be looking to
> provide a 'UK' rendering even if that means only covering the UK area.
> There is not a 'single' answer that will ever cover the whole planet,
> and keeping the 5 colours in the UK is important.
>
> From a UK point of view there nothing wrong with
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=12/52.1106/-2.0754 and certainly that
> is what is needed for any routing system
>

I think the standard Mapnik needs to be as generic as possible.  Certainly
the German model (also used by Navigon, especially before their merger with
Garmin) fails on it's face quite similarly to how the iconically American
style that Rand McNally popularized <http://maps.randmcnally.com/> (and
emulated regularly by Thomas Brothers, MapQuest, and early versions of
Google Maps) does.  I'm not too intimately familiar with other styles,
though I believe the existing Mapnik is a bit more universal than either
model (roughly splitting the difference), even if American users unfamiliar
with the style are unused to seeing surface expressways (trunks) rendered
differently than primaries, and are likely to go "wait, that's a toll
road?" seeing green...
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