Don't know how you deduced "no space?" from Martin's comment. A space is an alphanumeric character. In any case, as I mentioned, there is normally a local consensus on space-versus-no space, and as others have mentioned, it's up to you.
The problem with space-vs-no space arises particularly with refs, which are searchable. If you include the space for refs of national routes in Morocco, someone will remove it; if you omit it in Algeria, someone will add it. There are some advantages to consistency within a given area, and the tagging consensus will be documented (hopefully) on the wiki or the local mailing list (as is the case for the national routes I cited). "Paint the label" is fine in general but there can be other considerations (signs, as you know, aren't always correct). Tag *names*, by contrast, use an underscore instead of a space. Kevin Kenny's comment above indicates what appears to be the consensus on the tag name(s) in the USA. So in theory you might have ref:US:NFSR:Raggeds_Wilderness:NFH=FS 826. That seems to me to be a bit much to swallow ... You can see the tagging on the Court Street example he cites here: https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/45759030 Here's a Colorado national forest highway with a nearby CR: https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/17062214#map=14/38.8684/-107.1015 The tags look reasonable to me: highway=unclassified name=Lake Irwin Road 826 ref=FS-826 source=Gunnison County GIS data, USFS, Bing surface=gravel tracktype=grade1 ... except that, again, you might want to use a space instead of a hyphen in the "ref" tag in this case, and normally you'd use semicolons (not commas) as a separator in the "source" tag. On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 12:28 AM Warin <61sundow...@gmail.com> wrote: > On 19/08/19 05:16, Paul Allen wrote: > > On Sun, 18 Aug 2019 at 19:55, Rob Savoye <r...@senecass.com> wrote: > >> So no space ? USFS roads use "FS " with a space, at least that seems >> to be common. So should those be "FS739.1A' ? >> > > My opinion is "paint the label." Others disagree. Make up your own mind > which > is better. > > > +1. > > The mapper is in charge of what goes into OSM. They should map what they > see, not conform to some 'rule' of 'no spaces' etc etc. Map the truth. > > > _______________________________________________ > Tagging mailing list > Tagging@openstreetmap.org > https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/tagging >
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