|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.
| may be used to represent .
Currently there is a limit of 255 characters for values. However, if this is feature has a Wikidata item, it can be described there using inscription (Property:P1684), as the character limit is set at 1,500. Additionally, 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, using openplaques:id=<ID number>.
- 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. Inscription always represents text physically found on the feature in the real world, whereas description typically does not.
- historic=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).