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A key for informal features that are not intentionally planned or formally set up Edit or translate this description.
Group: Properties
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Status: in use

This key is used as an attribute to describe that a feature has not been intentionally established, but rather evolved. At the moment it is mainly used in conjunction with footways and paths, but it could also be used with any other kind of feature. Informal footways or paths are also known as Desire paths.

Features tagged as informal=yes could be completely unmaintained and could be considered with lower priority by routers.

Useful combinations

See also

  • path=desire A way to explicitly indicate a desire line.