[OSM-talk] How to Translate Strings in OSM to other languages

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Fri May 31 14:44:29 UTC 2019

On 31/05/2019 15:14, Shrinivasan T wrote:
> We need a similar map in Tamil Language.

You probably don't need to translate anything.  What you see on one 
OSM-based map is only a tiny subset of the data in OSM.  Here, for 
example, is the information stored against one place in that area:


You'll notice that the "name:ta" contains the placename that you want to 
display here.

What you probably want to do is to create a map using a similar map 
style to the standard one at openstreetmap.org  (or a different one, if 
you prefer) but displaying Tamil names on it. It's actually pretty 
simple to do this; as just one example 
https://map.atownsend.org.uk/maps/map/map.html displays names in one of 
three languages depending on in what area the name actually is.  See 
https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/SomeoneElse/diary/42069 for how I did 
this, but what you want to do (always display Tamil names in preference 
to the default ones) is actually much simpler.

Those instructions apply to maps created using the same technology as 
was used to generate the tiles you see at openstreetmap.org (see also 
https://switch2osm.org/manually-building-a-tile-server-18-04-lts/ ).  
Other options are available, but in each case they'll be able to make 
use of the extra fields in the OSM data that you won't see by default at 

Best Regards,


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