[OSM-talk] Label language on the Default stylesheet

Oleksiy Muzalyev oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch
Tue Sep 26 04:00:09 UTC 2017


On 26.09.17 01:30, John F. Eldredge wrote:
>
> People are confusing labels using the Latin alphabet with labels using 
> the Latin language.
>
Certainly, the Latin alphabet is more known as it is used in many modern 
languages. But the Latin language does exist, and its popularity is 
growing [1].

So my suggestion was fairly simple, - since the secondary labels in 
Latin alphabet could be only in one language on a non-vector map, why 
not use the Latin language itself. The geographical names in Latin 
language are readily available, since maps in past centuries were often 
produced in Latin language [2], so it is possible just to copy at least 
some names from the historical maps, which should be in the public 
domain by now.

Keeping names only in local alphabets, as it is now, or using English, 
French, German, or Esperanto languages, for secondary labels, are also 
not ideal solutions for numerous reasons.


[1] "The Growing Popularity of Latin and Greek", June 8, 2017

http://www.greatheartsamerica.org/amor-vincit-omnia-growing-popularity-latin-greek/ 


The Wall Street Journal, "Carpe Diem: U.S. Students Revive Latin and 
Greek", June 7, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/veni-vidi-vici-u-s-students-revive-latin-and-greek-1496851612


[2] 
https://libweb5.princeton.edu/visual_materials/maps/websites/africa/maps-continent/1644%20blaeu.jpg

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