[OSM-talk] Name:* tags in the local language

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Thu Apr 26 12:32:42 UTC 2018


Placenames are often corruptions of old languages or are in a different language to that spoken and not everywhere has an official language.

If a place in England should we assume its name is in English?

Name:en=Llanymynech would be a very odd assumption. As would Hengoed or Rhydycroesau.

This cannot be automatic, it needs mappers with local knowledge.

Phil (trigpoint) 

On 26 April 2018 12:35:10 BST, "Daniel Koć" <daniel at xn--ko-wla.pl> wrote:
>W dniu 26.04.2018 o 11:51, Mateusz Konieczny pisze:
>> It is not handling
>> - regions with more than one widespread language
>> - features that have name tag in an atypical language
>
>In my opinion there's no single solution for atypical cases, yet it's
>sane to start with defaults. It can be used on many levels and region
>can have more than one language defined, just like Janjko has shown:
>
>Country A - official_language=hr
>Region B - official_language=hr;it
>City C - official_language=it
>
>When a data consumer tries to find what is the official language for
>street D, she finds that city C uses "it", so it's enough to know that
>the street should be also in "it". Speaking of regions this is the
>proper handling in my opinion - in region B you can for example use
>both
>languages or choose the one you prefer, it's up to you.
>
>But we don't have to stop with level 2, 4, or 6. If - for some reason -
>part of the city is different and we have no way to show the borders of
>the area, one can add official_language=* for the streets or objects in
>this particular area. Of course instead of official_language we may use
>default_language=* or common_language=* tag or something similar, the
>same as the users have to choose common name for name=*.
>
>This way we can always assume some language for the (administrative)
>area, but if it's not true locally, we can be more specific, up to the
>single objects.
>
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