Deprecated features

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OpenStreetMap does not have "deprecated features", as anybody is allowed and encouraged to use any tag they think is useful.

However, from time to time the wiki community suggests a new feature instead of an older one, to improve tagging clarity or structure. If there is no strong reason to stick to the old tags in these cases, you might want to go along with the recommendation and use the new tags suggested here.

The following are features for which alternative tagging is recommended by those engaged in tagging discussions. Note that some of these features are still on Map Features and should remain there as long as they are still widely used!

Date Old Key/Value Usage of old key/value Suggested Replacement Reason
2007-07-13 amenity=bakers shop=bakery Shop introduced
2007-07-13 amenity=butchers shop=butcher Shop introduced
2007-07-13 amenity=candle_stick_makers shop=chandler Shop introduced
2009-02-12 amenity=signpost information=guidepost
2007-07-16 amenity=store shop=* Shop introduced
2007-07-16 amenity=shop shop=* Shop introduced
2007-07-13 amenity=supermarket shop=supermarket Shop introduced
2006 class=* highway=* highway introduced
2007 highway=bridge highway=* and
bridge=*
any type of highway can cross a bridge.
2008-10-19 highway=gate barrier=gate Their "concept" better fits in this new key and highway gets a bit uncluttered.(voted)
2008-10-19 highway=stile barrier=stile Their "concept" better fits in this new key and highway gets a bit uncluttered.(voted)
2008-10-19 highway=cattle_grid barrier=cattle_grid Their "concept" better fits in this new key and highway gets a bit uncluttered.(voted)
2008-10-19 highway=toll_booth barrier=toll_booth Their "concept" better fits in this new key and highway gets a bit uncluttered.(voted)
2008-06-12 highway=incline
highway=incline_steep

incline=*
2007 highway=minor highway=* (whatever fits: tertiary, unclassified, service, ...)  ?
2008-03-19 highway=unsurfaced highway=* and
surface=unpaved or
highway=track
any highway classification can be unsurfaced.
2008-06-12 highway=viaduct bridge=*
2008-01-10 historic=icon  ? no description, usage completely unknown
2008-01-20 amenity=museum tourism=museum better fits into toplevel tags
2007-07-16 landuse=wood landuse=forest or
natural=wood
Depending on whether the woodland/forest is managed or primaeval.
2008-05-30 man_made=power_fossil power=generator and
generator:source=*
2008-05-30 man_made=power_hydro power=generator and
generator:source=hydro
2008-05-30 man_made=power_nuclear power=generator and
generator:source=nuclear
2008-05-30 man_made=power_wind power=generator and
generator:source=wind
2008-11-18 natural=marsh natural=wetland
wetland=marsh
2007-07-16 railway=preserved_rail railway=preserved the "_rail" suffix is redundant
2008-06-12 railway=viaduct bridge=*
2008-05-30 route=ncn Cycle_routes
2008-03-19 waterway=mooring mooring=yes More flexibility; allows us to keep original value of waterway=.
2008-03-19 waterway=waste_disposal amenity=waste_disposal Something this general should be in amenity.
2008-03-21 waterway=water_point amenity=drinking_water (possibly but be careful not mix up various types of water access) Access to drinking water is not limited to waterways.
2009-08 highway=byway highway=path or highway=track etc plus designation=byway_open_to_all_traffic or designation=restricted_byway More accurate tagging for Public rights of way in England and Wales.
2010-09 power_source= generator:source=* Reorganised tagging for power generator related things (see Proposed features/generator rationalisation).
2010-09 power_rating= generator:output=* Reorganised tagging for power generator related things (see Proposed features/generator rationalisation).
2011-10-27 building=entrance entrance=* (but careful with this one, building=entrance is still the de-facto standard) Cleaning the semantics of the "building" tag; entrance=* approved.
building:type=* building=* Please use building=<building typology>
2011-08-31 natural=land type=multipolygon or natural=coastline Use Relations/Multipolygon for islands in lakes and rivers, natural=coastline for islands in the sea.
2012-01-19 bicycle_parking=sheffield bicycle_parking=stands No real difference and sheffield is only used in UK, see Talk:Key:bicycle parking
highway=ford ford=* "highway=ford" on a way doesn't allow tagging the highway itself (as e.g. "unclassified"). This doesn't apply to nodes; though, and renderers haven't quite caught up (ref openstreetmap-carto issue 267 and elsewhere) - don't automatically (or semi-automatically) change "ford" node tagging.
2012-11-28 color=* colour=* Usage of American form color probably mainly due to a bug in JOSM presets.
2013-01-24 power=station power=substation 'power=station' may be confused with "power station" (= power plant) and is never used as a synonym for substation in English.
2013-10-22 day_on=* conditional=* The new conditional tagging scheme is much more flexible than the old day_on/off and hour_on/off keys.
2013-10-22 hour_on=* conditional=* The new conditional tagging scheme is much more flexible than the old day_on/off and hour_on/off keys.