[OSM-talk] Label language on the Default stylesheet

Oleksiy Muzalyev oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch
Mon Sep 25 10:39:26 UTC 2017

I talked at a conference to a man from UK who, as I understood, 
participates in the hardware work on the OSM servers. I was told that 
multiple layers require too much additional work to be handled by 
volunteers and also additional hardware&software. That it is not 
feasible with the current state of technology.

The intent is not to replace the titles in Japanese, but to add 
additional labels in smaller font in the Latin alphabet. The Latin 
language itself has been for centuries the language of science, and it 
remains the language of scientific classification. For example, Isaac 
Newton wrote his breakthrough books in Latin.

So why not using it for geographical classification too? As soon as 
people see that the Latin version appears on the map as an additional 
label, they will start adding tags in this language. And there will be 
no doubts that a preference is given to a certain country or group of 

Best regards,

On 9/25/2017 12:15 PM, James wrote:
> I think Latin as default is disrespectful to areas like Japan which 
> might not be able to read Latin letters as they have kana for 
> non-japanese words. It's a bit biased to ask if Latin should be the 
> default on a Latin based list(letters not language).I'm sure there 
> would be a different opinion if you asked on talk-jp or any other 
> list(non-latin)
> Ideally it should be a layer per language: English everywhere, 
> Japanese everywhere, Arabic everywhere, etc etc
> On Sep 25, 2017 6:02 AM, "Oleksiy Muzalyev" 
> <oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch <mailto:oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch>> wrote:
>     On 9/24/2017 11:01 PM, Matthijs Melissen wrote:
>         [...]For example, we have a label 北京市 for Beijing, a label
>         موريتانيا for
>         Mauritania, and a label Magyarország for Hungary.
>         The openstreetmap-carto team quite frequently receives requests to
>         (additionally) display labels in English (or in any case the
>         Latin-alphabet). [...]
>     Why not use the Latin language itself for an additional label to
>     non-Latin alphabet titles? It is readily available in Google
>     translator and also in Wikipedia. Here are these titles in Latin:
>     https://la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pechinum
>     <https://la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pechinum>
>     https://la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungaria
>     <https://la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungaria>
>     https://la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritania
>     <https://la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritania>
>     Best regards,
>     Oleksiy
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