[OSM-talk] Label language on the Default stylesheet

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Mon Sep 25 23:30:03 UTC 2017

People are confusing labels using the Latin alphabet with labels using the 
Latin language.

On September 25, 2017 8:56:04 AM Oleksiy Muzalyev 
<oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch> wrote:

> On 25.09.17 12:59, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
>> 2017-09-25 12:39 GMT+02:00 Oleksiy Muzalyev
>> <oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch <mailto:oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch>>:
>>     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.
>> Ancient Greek has been for centuries the language of science and has
>> contributed many words to the scientific language of many modern
>> languages, which are still in use today.  And similarly to using latin
>> there will be no doubt about which preference is given (European
>> culture). ;-)
>> Cheers,
>> Martin
>> PS: Seriously, choosing Latin rather than English has no advantage
>> besides adding an elitarian touch on top of the Europe-centricity.
> The discussion is on ideas of introducing labels in Latin alphabet. The
> ancient Greek, however, has got its own non-Latin alphabet.
> If not Latin, then why English? Why not French? The metric system, which
> is used in most countries, was developed in France. At least, using the
> Latin language removes such questions. I guess it is probably acceptable
> for the Latin America; if so it is not completely a Europe-centricity
> solution.
> And it is not necessary to study the grammatical structure, what we need
> is just to look up a name of a place, one word, in the "la" Wikipedia.
> And it is understandable, for example Japan is:
> https://la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iaponia , Tokyo is:
> https://la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokium
> It is clear, that keeping map titles only in local alphabets is a
> possibility, - it is the status quo. The question was how still to make
> a map usable on the international scale.
> Best regards,
> Oleksiy
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