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

John Whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Fri May 31 16:12:54 UTC 2019

You might just try osmand as well.  You can set the language to be 
displayed and if the item isn't tagged in Tamil it will display the 
English tag.

Using JOSM you can select assets with and without values.  So you can 
find those places with just an English name.  Create a second layer, 
download a one inch square with nothing in it then copy the places you 
need to add names to the second layer and save the file.

Now you have an xml file that you can play with certainly as far as 
seeing which places need extra name tags in.

Cheerio John

Andy Townsend wrote on 2019-05-31 10:44 AM:
> 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:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/5359556781
> 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 openstreetmap.org.
> Best Regards,
> Andy
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