I talked at a conference to a man from UK who, as I understood, participates in the hardware work on the OSM servers. I was told that multiple layers require too much additional work to be handled by volunteers and also additional hardware&software. That it is not feasible with the current state of technology.

The intent is not to replace the titles in Japanese, but to add additional labels in smaller font in the Latin alphabet. The Latin language itself has been for centuries the language of science, and it remains the language of scientific classification. For example, Isaac Newton wrote his breakthrough books in Latin.

So why not using it for geographical classification too? As soon as people see that the Latin version appears on the map as an additional label, they will start adding tags in this language. And there will be no doubts that a preference is given to a certain country or group of countries.

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On 9/25/2017 12:15 PM, James wrote:
I think Latin as default is disrespectful to areas like Japan which might not be able to read Latin letters as they have kana for non-japanese words. It's a bit biased to ask if Latin should be the default on a Latin based list(letters not language).I'm sure there would be a different opinion if you asked on talk-jp or any other list(non-latin)

Ideally it should be a layer per language: English everywhere, Japanese everywhere, Arabic everywhere, etc etc

On Sep 25, 2017 6:02 AM, "Oleksiy Muzalyev" <oleksiy.muzal...@bluewin.ch <mailto:oleksiy.muzal...@bluewin.ch>> wrote:

    On 9/24/2017 11:01 PM, Matthijs Melissen wrote:

        [...]For example, we have a label 北京市 for Beijing, a label
        موريتانيا for
        Mauritania, and a label Magyarország for Hungary.

        The openstreetmap-carto team quite frequently receives requests to
        (additionally) display labels in English (or in any case the
        Latin-alphabet). [...]

    Why not use the Latin language itself for an additional label to
    non-Latin alphabet titles? It is readily available in Google
    translator and also in Wikipedia. Here are these titles in Latin:




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