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Any Colour system you like

Why limit this to CSS and rgb? IMHO mappers should be encouraged to use the official colour like it is defined for the object (otherwise you would add a colour anyway), and should be encouraged to add the system as well ( IMHO on the value side of the tag) --Dieterdreist (talk) 13:49, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Do you have some examples and use cases? --goldfndr (talk) 15:19, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

In my experience working with branding guidelines, official spot colours for things like transportation lines and logos, and more generally palettes for use by designers, are typically specified using the proprietary Pantone Colour Matching System. This might be problematic data to store in OpenStreetMap due to Pantone Inc.'s stance on intellectual property: not because they forbid you to write down the reference number, but because free/libre software cannot convert that reference number to an on-screen representation. It may be the case for some colour schemes that only Pantone CMS references are given, but this is somewhat rare. When using a designer's idea of which RGB triple to use, note that RGB is device dependent. Unless the guidelines say "sRGB" or "for the web" - unless you know the device a triple is specified for - assume that it will appear wrongly.

Example: the colours of transportation lines are commonly specified in this way first, for example Transport for London's Color Standard (official url), which also specifies each corporate colour using RGB triples, "for the web", in CMYK, and in the equally proprietary NCS.

Bottom line: if official colours are to be rendered on screen using tagged information, the OSM database must provide a suitable screen rendering colour, ideally as an sRGB hex triple.

(Outside OSM, I'm one of the development ream for the open source art package MyPaint. I very occasionally touch upon these sorts of branding guidelines as part of my job, although I am not a card-carrying web or print designer by any means.) --achadwick (talk) 13:04, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Device profile

The main article should specify that RGB triples are to be interpreted in the sRGB colour space. I think that's the existing intent, given that web specs are used already, and that sRGB is the assumed default for the World Wide Web. --achadwick (talk) 13:34, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Inconsistent usage of BE and AE on this wiki-page

Since there is in some cases color (AE) used instead of colour (BE) and the colour gray instead of grey this wikipage seems to be very inconsistend. I am not a BE-speaker and therefor I am unsure whether gray is actually non-BE.

The Table which is summing up the main colours from HTML/CSS should have an extra column to clearly state what the right osm-taggs are. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cracklinrain (talkcontribs)

I believe both variants should be accepted, and changed the wiki page accordingly. Current suggested values are highly inspired in the CSS standard, and it indeed accepts both variants, though gray is described as a basic color value while grey is described as an extended color value. See CSS3's specification for more details. --Jgpacker (talk) 12:11, 17 February 2015 (UTC)


Is there already a transportation map that use the colour tag and displayed the lines in their respective colour? --Männedorf (talk) 12:40, 8 February 2015 (UTC)