[OSM-talk] handling street names in speech

Andrew Errington erringtona at gmail.com
Tue Jul 16 22:54:37 UTC 2019

I think this is a rendering issue (i.e. rendering speech instead of
graphics) and as such does not belong in OSM.

The work to convert an arbitrary string into speech belongs in the TTS

If we start putting IPA strings in OSM then we will start getting arguments
about the "correct" pronunciation. At the very least it is tagging for the
renderer, which we should avoid.

IMHO, of course.


On Wed, Jul 17, 2019, 09:20 Greg Troxel <gdt at lexort.com> wrote:

> John Whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> writes:
> > 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.
> Two comments:
>   osm norms are to expand abbreviations, as I understand it.  So that
>   should be fixed first
>   Even after that, we have ref tags, and there is often a road whose ref
>   is something like "CT 2", "US 1", or "I 95".  I don't really think
>   this should be expanded in the database.  Instead, what's needed is a
>   table in the application, perhaps centrally maintained in OSM, of how
>   to pronounce standardize ref abbreviations.  Putting phonetics of
>   "connecticut" on all use of CT or the expanded name is not reasonable.
> But I agree this needs help.  I get told to turn on "Court 2" and "Ma
> 2".  Luckily I understand this by now and it actually works ok.  But it
> does need fixing.
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