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[mkgmap-dev] mkgmap style parsing question.

From WanMil wmgcnfg at web.de on Sun Oct 17 10:13:26 BST 2010

>>> What I believe could be useful (if this feature is already
>>> available then forgive me posting) would be an option to
>>> report ignored tags and tag/value pairs which would alert
>>> the user that certain features are not rendered by the
>>> current style.
>> I don't think this is doable. There are thousands of tags and tag/value
>> pairs out there which are documented nowhere. Just have a look at
>> Tagwatch (http://tagwatch.stoecker.eu/Planet/De/index.html). Mappers do
>> have a lot of imagination sometimes ;-).
> I see it the other way. I *think* it should be doable not to hard. The
> style matcher has to match the style rules for each element in the osm
> file. If he could not match any rule then it should printout a warning.
> I expect them to be thousands too. I don't know if this would help to user.
> Johann


the idea to printout a warning sounds good. But there are some 
restrictions within mkgmap that makes it unfeasable.

When mkgmap reads the OSM data all tags which keys are not referenced in 
the style files are dropped. This improves the performance and reduces 
the memory footprint *enormously*. The style file processing is done at 
a later stage.

So in case your style file only contains a rule for natural=water you 
would get a warning for natural=land but not for landuse=residential.

I don't think that's what you want?

An overall statistics (how often is tag natural=water used) would be 
quite easy to implement but probably it would decrease performance. And 
in the end that's exactly what you can get from 


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