I have summarized the discussion we had here over the last week or so
on https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Canadian_tagging_guidelines for
easy reference in the future. It is:
Municipality names are to be spelt according to how they are listed in
NRCan (http://www4.rncan.gc.ca/search-place-names/search) or other
official source. That means:
Do not include "City of", "Municipality of" or similar in the name
unless that is officially part of the name. "Village of Queen
Charlotte" (BC) is correct, "City of Toronto" is incorrect (should
Do not expand "St." to "Saint" or "Ste" to "Sainte" just to
conform to OSM's "don't abbreviate names" rule. If the city name
is normally has it expanded, then it is maintained as expanded in
OSM. If it is not normally expanded, then it is not expanded in
OSM. "Saint John" (NB) and "St. John's" (NL) are both correct.
Feel free to clarify further on the wiki or continue the discussion
On 2018-02-19 06:33 PM, Stewart C. Russell wrote:
On 2018-02-19 05:08 PM, Jarek Piórkowski wrote:
Have you passed by talk-gb? They have a fair amount of "St" names and
some authority as to how to do things in OSM.
The UK has Bury St Edmunds, Chapel St Leonards, Lytham St Annes, Ottery
St Mary, St Andrews, St Anne, St Austell, St Blazey, St Columb Major, St
Helens, St Ives, St Monans and St Neots all as town names in OSM. The
only two "Saint .*" towns in the whole British Isles' OSM are Saint
Helier and Saint Peter Port, both in the Channel Islands. Both have
French influences. And just to thumb its nose at us, nearby Alderney has
the town of "St Anne". So I don't think they can be a great example.
Near "St. Louis" (Missouri - abbreviated that way in OSM), OSM has the
towns of "Saint Clair" and "Saint James". In the same area, there's St.
Charles, St. Peters and East St. Louis (IL). In the St. Louis metro
area, there are roughly 4500 ways named "St\. Louis.*" and roughly 3500
ways named "St Louis.*". There are also roughly 3500 ways named "Saint .*"
So this is not a standard well kept.
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