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How change the streets names language? The streets names are in language in which is view zoomed. e.g. Armenia-Yerevan, streets names are in Armenian, but I need in Enlish. Is it possible?

asked 30 Jan '12, 10:54

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Can someone help me to find the link, where is the map like, and where there is possibilities to export area as pdf, also in that time it will have English support for the street names.

Thanks, in advance.

(31 Jan '12, 07:06) xpdavidx

Most straightforward option is to use toolserver's locale-specific maps which shows the english labels if available (just edit the link if you want a different language). Of course this only works if the object has a "name:en" tag; otherwise the local-language "name" tag will be used.

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answered 30 Jan '12, 11:24

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edited 30 Jan '12, 11:55

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andy mackey

Thank, you soo much, it that link hasn't possibilities to export to pdf.

(30 Jan '12, 13:44) xpdavidx

Also can someone help me with any link, where it is possible to export the map, in that time that the map streets names will be in English. Thanks, in advance.

(30 Jan '12, 13:53) xpdavidx

Alt-printscreen* in the browser window and then paste that into a document?

  • or whatever else in your OS of choice
(30 Jan '12, 15:04) SomeoneElse ♦

More information and links to different map outputs can be found at

The way the tagging of names works, is documented at

(18 Jan '13, 15:35) Harry Wood
  1. As far as I know there is no web service that is displaying exclusively the name:en objects with a direct feature to process a PDF export.
  2. If you need this map as PDF very urgent and someone should do that for you, have a look at Commercial_OSM_Software_and_Services
  3. You can also try it on your own. Have a look at e.g. Maperitive ... There you can render your own maps and modify the style files that are quite similar to the main OSM site. You should modify the rendering rules to display name:en
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answered 31 Jan '12, 17:09

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If you only need a map for a smaller area, then MapOSMatic seems to do what you want.

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answered 01 Feb '12, 04:08

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I always put and encourage the English names to be used in "name", if a tag is in a non English speaking country, add the local name with the local language tag. This is tricky though, some English names aren't appropriate if a place has no English name but Welsh locations should be in English for example.





Amongst many others. That means the default English interface OSM always shows in English but with can show the local name when the local language is selected.

I wouldn't advise changing the name of Lyon which in American is spelt with an S at the end.

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answered 05 Feb '12, 17:06

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edited 05 Feb '12, 17:10


Bad suggestion. The "name" tag is only for the local language ( This may become tricky for places which have multiple local languages, but this is an issue solved on a case-by-case basis by the local mapper. "name:xx" tags are easy in comparison: just add as many as you can.

English does not have a special status in OSM. The default OSM rendering is not (for better or worse) an "English" rendering but a local rendering. Defaulting to english in the name tag would be, in a way, tagging for the renderer.

(05 Feb '12, 23:23) Vincent de P... ♦

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