On Sep 20, 2014, at 4:00 PM, Paul Johnson wrote:

> On Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 4:59 PM, Richard Welty <rwe...@averillpark.net> wrote:
> On 09/20/2014 05:42 PM, Tomasz Ka┼║mierczak wrote:
>> I would like to suggest making the paved key for highways (and probably 
>> other types of elements) official. Taginfo for paved:
>> http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/paved#values
>> The above shows that the key is already being used, but the Wiki doesn't 
>> describe this key, instead redirecting Key:paved to the article about 
>> Key:surface.
> -1 
> duplicative
> Seconded 

It might be considered duplicative, but what should a data consumer do if 
confronted with a surface=* value that is unknown to it (and the wiki)? We 
aren't talking human intelligence here where an informed guess is possible. 
Should such a way be considered paved or unpaved for purposes of routing? From 
that point of view, Richard's proposal gives a lot of clarity.

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