On 26.09.17 01:30, John F. Eldredge wrote:

People are confusing labels using the Latin alphabet with labels using the Latin language.

Certainly, the Latin alphabet is more known as it is used in many modern languages. But the Latin language does exist, and its popularity is growing [1].

So my suggestion was fairly simple, - since the secondary labels in Latin alphabet could be only in one language on a non-vector map, why not use the Latin language itself. The geographical names in Latin language are readily available, since maps in past centuries were often produced in Latin language [2], so it is possible just to copy at least some names from the historical maps, which should be in the public domain by now.

Keeping names only in local alphabets, as it is now, or using English, French, German, or Esperanto languages, for secondary labels, are also not ideal solutions for numerous reasons.

[1] "The Growing Popularity of Latin and Greek", June 8, 2017


The Wall Street Journal, "Carpe Diem: U.S. Students Revive Latin and Greek", June 7, 2017


[2] https://libweb5.princeton.edu/visual_materials/maps/websites/africa/maps-continent/1644%20blaeu.jpg

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