OpenStreetMap

While doing all my editing, I was getting warnings concerning attempts to abbreviate the suffix on a name (e.g. ‘St’ instead of ‘Street’). Earlier today, I was traveling out of town. The person I was traveling with had her Google based navigation software operating in voice mode (i.e. it would speak the name of the turns and how far it was to the next one). At a particular intersection, it said we should “turn left on Main Saint”.

That was the moment when fully realized how automated software could misconstrue a name suffix, by not fully understanding the context it was written in. Time to make sure I get every one of the fully spelled out.

Comment from NitaRae on 7 May 2019 at 14:36

Something I just learned, is to put the full (expanded spelling of suffixes) in addr:street, but use the abbreviated (common local use) in addr:full. The prior is more easily parsed, but the latter is not expected to be parsed.

Comment from skorasaurus on 10 May 2019 at 20:15

No worries on your past mistakes, don’t feel obligated to change your past ones but if you do, thank you :)


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