Why OSM garmin map Arabic Names do not show all the names appear in English only The Arabic name in the name tag and the English name in name:en but it show english only one language only english

asked 09 Jul '16, 22:06

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Which "OSM Garmin Map" are you using? There are many downloads available.

(10 Jul '16, 00:23) SomeoneElse ♦
(10 Jul '16, 01:18) alhjres

You can produce Garmin suitable maps using http://www.mkgmap.org.uk/

In the documentation it states... --unicode This is equivalent to --code-page=65001. Note that only newer devices support Unicode. I believe this is suitable to display Arabic text.

I downloaded as an .osm file the above area and ran Mkgmap using the --unicode switch and on my Garmin etrex it appears to be displaying Arabic to me (though I can't read Arabic)

I suspect that the search function is probably unlikely to work with this unicode on the Garmin though but it reads ok.

Incidentally, there is still a place=town tag with name=Ghayl Ba Wazir on the osm area that you edited.

(this comment copied from https://help.openstreetmap.org/questions/50743/names-not-in-local-language-on-map and pasted here as this is more related question)

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answered 11 Jul '16, 08:53

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(10 Jul '16, 13:00) nevw

Is this program, operating with Windows os

(11 Jul '16, 12:23) alhjres

mkgmap? Yes, it is based on Java. However it has no GUI and needs to be called from the command line.

(11 Jul '16, 12:30) scai ♦

It's Java and can run on Windows. I wrote a diary entry for a worked example (on Windows) here:


(11 Jul '16, 12:30) SomeoneElse ♦

ok I did it Arabic is display

(11 Jul '16, 15:23) alhjres

I use this java -jar mkgmap.jar --code-page=65001 yemen-latest.osm.pbf

(11 Jul '16, 15:47) alhjres
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Hi Have a look here http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=8/35.980/54.080 all those names look Arabic to me. Follow the same tagging protocol and your OSM garmin map should get Arabic as well.

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answered 09 Jul '16, 23:46

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I dont mean in OSM maps I mean when I downloaded it as garmin map IMG maps just show one language english language only

(10 Jul '16, 01:42) alhjres

I notice that the http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/ maps are currently using osm data dated Map version: 30-06-2016.
See at bottom right corner of the blue map. This is likely to be before you edited the osm map. I think Lambertus updates his database about weekly so you may need to try later to see if the Garmin extracts are as you expect.

(10 Jul '16, 10:10) nevw
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