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I'm mapping in Thailand. When I open the OSM slippy map in my browser, it displays all names in Thai script regardless of whether or not they have an English name tag, that is, a name:en=* tag.

I assume that the name=* tag is taking precedence over subsidiary tags, which is as it should be, but I'm wondering if there is any way to change this behavior. That would make it so much easier to know which town I was looking at without having to open the area for editing with JOSM.

I doubt what I'm asking for can be done but thought it was worth the effort to ask the question.

asked 19 Jan '14, 00:50

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For Thailand specifically, check For a couple of general answers, enter "name language" in the search box above and browse through some of the answers.

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answered 19 Jan '14, 01:17

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Another general solution is this multilinual map. Hopefully it'll go beyond experimental stage someday.

(20 Jan '14, 11:03) Vincent de P... ♦

I already know about Stephan's excellent multi-lingual map and it's awesome. But the problem is that I use the slippy map as a way into a JOSM editing session via the remote control option. When I'm panning around looking for a place to "drop in" I can't tell if I'm looking at Udon Thani or Khon Kaen. If I could see the standard OSM map with English town names, it would certainly help.

I don't think you can use either of the suggested maps that way.

(20 Jan '14, 13:37) AlaskaDave

OK so your question is not so much "how can I display Thai names in English on the main map" (answer: you can't) as "how can I easily load an area I'm viewing on into JOSM" (answer: right click on Permalink, "copy link location", go to JOSM's download dialog, tab "Bounding Box", paste permalink, click download). You could also ask Stefan to add an "edit in JOSM" link which would only require a small change to his web site.

(21 Jan '14, 09:52) Frederik Ramm ♦

Okay, yes, thanks. I have not used the bounding box tab in JOSM before. And I will mention the other idea to Stephan — maybe he will add the functionality.

(21 Jan '14, 11:20) AlaskaDave

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