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To provide additional information about the related element to the end map user. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Annotations
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Status: approvedPage for proposal

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 using wikipedia=*, wikidata=*, url=* or 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).

Never use description=* to add advertising messages. Such spam can and should be removed as soon as spotted. The description should not include subjective evaluations, e.g. "the best restaurant in town", "modern, comfortable hotel, in the heart of the city".



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

description:emergency=for emergency-values

Related tags

  • inscription=* - for the text of inscriptions on objects
  • 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
  • localwiki=* - for providing a link

See also