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At certain zoom levels "Lakeway" (Texas, USA - population 12,000) appears on the map but Austin (pop 840,000, capital of Texas) does not. Is this an algorithmic issue, or an editorial one? Surely Austin should be the visible text label at distant zooms.

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asked 17 Jan '14, 16:52

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edited 17 Jan '14, 16:53


There are two aspects to this, first: currently there is no tagging on either place polygon that would indicate importance (note that population tends to be a -very- bad measure of that), second: at least the "standard" style wouldn't differentiate anyway (the style is a rule based system and could in principle take for example population or something similar in to account).

Without any special handling in the style and information to support such special handling, the software that renders the map will make an algorithm based decision on which name to show when it runs out of space, in this specific case: bad luck for Austin.

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answered 17 Jan '14, 19:30

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