On Fri, 20 Dec 2019 at 20:16, Paul Johnson <ba...@ursamundi.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 6:57 PM Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenb...@gmail.com> 
> wrote:
>> > Being able to speak each country's highway lingua franca would make it a 
>> > lot easier for OSM to become the Rosetta Stone of maps simply from ease of 
>> > classification.
>> That would mean using "jalan=provinsi" instead of "highway=primary" in
>> Indonesia, so any global map service (like opencyclemap.org) would
>> need to interpret all these tags from different languages. If you
>> limit this to just official languages there would be several hundred
>> to translate, but there are over 1500 languages with a written
>> language currently: I don't see why we would limit things to just
>> official languages.
> I'm not arguing in favor of a change in language for key name.  But the local 
> broadly accepted classification terminology (preferably in English for 
> consistency sake) for the value.

Why in English? Bundesstraße is a broadly accepted classification
terminology, so is autostrada. If you want to do things for
consistency sake, there are the accepted OSM-British-English names.


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