[OSM-talk] handling street names in speech

John Whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 16 15:36:12 UTC 2019

This approach I like. Name:expanded perhaps?

To go back to earlier ideas.

Expanding the name sounds sensible but unfortunately the street signs 
are posted with the abbreviation and some local mappers have a what is 
on the sign goes in the map mentality.  Also we have had discussions 
about street names in Canada before and the decision was what the 
municipality declares the street name is correct.  That was to do with 
either "rue Sparks" or should it be "Rue Sparks" in Quebec it would be 
one way but in Ontario the other.


Thanks John

Colin Smale wrote on 2019-07-16 11:30 AM:
> On 2019-07-16 16:54, John Whelan wrote:
>> One or two are problematic usually as the street name is an 
>> abbreviation.    For example 1e Avenue in French meaning First Avenue.
>> Any suggestions on how these should be handled?  This particular 
>> application is aimed at partially sighted people but I feel we should 
>> be able to come up with a generic solution.
> Some kind of phonetic (IPA?) representation would be the ultimate 
> generic solution. Here in NL (and I guess in many other countries) 
> there are street names which are partially or entirely in other 
> languages, and the expectation is that they are pronounced as such. 
> For example, Boeing Avenue would sound completely weird if it were 
> pronounced according to Dutch rules. Truly multi-lingual countries 
> like Belgium and Switzerland should be able to make use of name:XX.
> If we had name:XX:ipa=* we would have a place to put it, but the 
> client app would need to have a way of turning that into sounds. It 
> will only be needed if the pronunciation deviates from the standard 
> for the language in question, but speech synthesisers are never 
> perfect and often make mistakes....
> https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/264239/is-there-any-online-tool-to-read-pronounce-ipa-and-apa-written-words
> Of course we will also need a way of entering IPA symbols....
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