# Re: [Tagging] addresses on buildings

`On Tue, 7 Jan 2020 at 16:51, Volker Schmidt <vosc...@gmail.com> wrote:`
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> May I come back to the navigation aspect.
> Let's assume I have a single square building aligned with the compass
> directions. It is between two parallel East<>West roads. It is placed
> closer to the road on the North side.
> Its entrance is on the South side from the road to the South. There is a
> fence around the plot that stretches all the way from one road to the
> other. The access is by a gate in the fence to the South. No footpath or
> driveway is on the map. With other words, a quite frequent situation in
> OSM. If I put the house number on the building the navigation device brings
> me to a point close to the house on the North road, where there is no
> entrance. If I place the number on a node close to where the gate is on the
> South road, then the navigation device brings me to the desired place. But
> I have no information about the association between the number on the gate
> and the building.
>

Not frequent where I am, but it happens.  Map the fence, the gate, and the
path
from the road to the front door.  A decent routeing algorithm will send a
self-driving
car to the right place.  Alert humans can interpret what they see on the
map.

Not perfect, because a disturbing number of holiday cottages around here
feel it
necessary to warn people that if they enter the postcode into their satnav
they'll
end up in the wrong place.

>
> If you think this through we need a means to connect logically the
> number-bearing entrance to the house it belongs to,
>

That's what a driveway or footpath is for.

IF we want to have the number-building association as information in the
> map. But do we need this information at all? Is it not enough to know that
> we have to go the gate with the house number, if we want to go to the house
> with that number. How I have to move on the property to get from the gate
> to the house is not (necessarily) information that is on the map.
>

Your solution works unless there is more than one property sharing that
same gateway
or driveway.  My solution works either way, at the expense of sometimes
having to
map a fence and driveway/footpath you otherwise might not.

I don't see misplacing nodes as being a good alternative to getting the
routeing right.

--
Paul
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