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To provide additional information about the related element to the end map user.



Used on these elements

may be used on nodes may be used on ways may be used on areas use on relations unspecified


Undefined Status: Undefined

The description=* tag can be used to provide additional information about the related element to the end map user, possibly using a pop-up or similar. Text should be kept short; a few words or perhaps one to three sentences at most. Longer information can be provided by tagging a link to Wikipedia or other external website.

Use note=* for information which is for use by other mappers (for example a note indicating that the aerial imagery should not be believed or similar).


  • description=* (local language)
  • description:en=* (en= English)


name=First Fleet Monument
description=This is where the first colonial settlement fleet to Australia landed in 1741.


description=Muddy in wet weather
description:bicycle=Ridable along most of the way but has sections with tree roots

Related tags

  • Proposed features/DisabilityDescription - (once approved but unused) for adding descriptions of special relevance to disabled persons.
  • note=* - for adding notes to yourself and your fellow mappers
  • website=* - for providing a link to a general external website
  • wikipedia=* - for providing a link

See Also