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I understand why "the underlying data should have the full street name". However, I see a lot of clutter on the default map at where cities like Philadelphia are filled with "North" "South" "East" "West" "Street" "Avenue" labels on almost every street. Is there any proposal or plan for rendering these as abbreviations?

asked 04 Nov '18, 01:31

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edited 06 Nov '18, 05:40

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aseerel4c26 ♦

I would start adding these short names to short_name tags. Once there are lots of the data present, renders can consider using it when needed.

(08 Nov '19, 20:26) gorn

No, there is no such plan, we just use "name" tag as it is and it might have some unexpected consequences (or not). You can discuss this idea on our bug tracker:

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answered 04 Nov '18, 08:59

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Keeping in mind the OSM default style exists for mappers, not as a general use map. Automatically abbreviations would make it harder for mappers to spot errors.

(05 Nov '18, 23:43) aharvey

OTOH, rendering more street names also makes it easier for mappers to spot errors!

(06 Nov '18, 08:11) Richard ♦

I'm not sure how many streets might be so short that the full name would not fit even on zoom level 19.

(06 Nov '18, 10:57) kocio
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