OpenStreetMap

The OSM website now has a context menu (right-click menu)!

Posted by mcld on 18 February 2017 in English (English)

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the OpenStreetMap website now has a context menu! Also known as a right-click menu:

Context menu in action

You might not think this is big news, but I do. A few people asked for this feature in the past, and eventually I proposed some code for it. It took 18 months for the proposal to be merged into the website codebase - why? Primarily because OSM is built and run by volunteers with limited time, but also because my Javascript skills weren't quite up to adding the important polish and tests that are needed for production-ready code. A million thanks to Tom Hughes for improving my not-quite-finished proposal, and for all the feedback that helped me understand how to do things right.

Comment from Zsul on 18 February 2017 at 23:20

Thanks! I was always struggling with route planning. I had to find a named object near the origin and an other one near destination, type the names and hoped it finds the right places. Now I can just point and click. It is much more straightforward.

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Comment from Guest One on 18 February 2017 at 23:30

Great! Thanks!

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Comment from Stalfur on 19 February 2017 at 02:18

Excellent work. Now how do I mark a particular tile dirty? Before I could do Open image in a new tab and mark it...

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Comment from Minh Nguyen on 19 February 2017 at 04:29

I had to find a named object near the origin and an other one near destination, type the names and hoped it finds the right places.

Note that you can also drag the green and red pins next to the To and From boxes to the route’s start and destination. This context menu is more convenient, of course – thanks for this improvement, mcld!

Now how do I mark a particular tile dirty? Before I could do Open image in a new tab and mark it...

In Firefox, you can go to Tools ‣ Page Info, switch to the Media tab, and look for the tile you want to dirty. You can also use this tool to determine the coordinates to insert in http://c.tile.openstreetmap.org/{z}/{x}/{y}.png/dirty. See this article for more details on tile URLs.

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Comment from mcld on 19 February 2017 at 10:13

@Stalfur if you're using Firefox, use SHIFT-click to get the "original" context menu back.

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Comment from artus70 on 19 February 2017 at 14:41

@mcld or, to say it even more clearly: SHIFT-right_click resp. SHIFT-CTRL-click on a Mac.

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Comment from dikkeknodel on 20 February 2017 at 03:18

@mcld @Tom Thanks for this great feature, I've been doing workarounds for years. @Minh Nguyen I did not know that drag and drop solution unfortunately, that is actually quite useful! Thanks for that too.

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Comment from PlaneMad on 20 February 2017 at 13:28

Thank you for your work mcld! This opens up room to add so many more features that anyone using to a modern map these days is used to.

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Comment from Omnific on 22 February 2017 at 23:24

Fantastic job!

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