|Text which is written on an object.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
The key inscription=* is used for the text of inscriptions on buildings, memorials, advertising signs, and other objects.
How to map
Inscription represents text physically found on the feature in the real world.
| or the spaced slash
/ may be used to represent and
|| or the spaced double slash
// to depending on the style guide preferred. There is a limit of 255 characters for values.
Referencing other data services
To overcome the length limit, the inscription might be added to:
- wikidata=* - If this feature has a Wikidata item, it can be described there using inscription (Property:P1684), as the character limit is set at 1,500.
- openplaques:id=<ID number> - If it is a commemorative/historical plaque, you can also add the full inscription to openplaques.org and then link the entry with the OSM object.
- inscription:url=* - URL where the inscription can be found on an external website; e.g. Wikisource (useful when the inscription is longer than the above limit).
- description=* - Additional information about an element, containing text not existent in real world.
- Proposal:Epigraph, a proposal to map epigraphs (inscriptions) on their own (particularly useful to locate inscriptions on bigger objects and where there are several of them).