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Visibility of a given element Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: properties
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
Status: in use

visibility=* is used for publicly visible devices or objects or features to evaluate the scope of their visibility.


Values denoting visibility of an element

  • visibility=house: Visible from the pavement, or up to 10 meters (around), or to indicate that the device is targeted mostly for pedestrians.
  • visibility=street: Visible from the current street, or from between 10 m and 50 m (around), or to indicate that the device is targeted to passers-by moving with vehicles going slowly.
  • visibility=area: Visible from several directions, or from more than 50 m (around), or to indicate that the device is targeted to passers-by moving with vehicles going fast.

Values denoting visibility along a way

Commonly prefixed with the kind of path the visibility relates to, such as trail, track, path, trailblazed.

Tag Trail Requirements Example
*:visibility=excellent Unambiguous path or markers everywhere None, orientation unproblematic, no map required
*:visibility=good Next marker always visible, but sometimes has to be searched for. Basic sense of direction, map recommended
*:visibility=intermediate Track mostly visible Good sense of direction, map required
*:visibility=bad Path sometimes invisible, route partly pathless Basic skills in orientation
*:visibility=horrible Often pathless Advanced orientational skills
*:visibility=no Mostly pathless Excellent orientational skills

Common combinations

  • advertising=* For advertising devices, setting a 'visibility' value helps defining the impact of the advertising unit on the passers-by.
  • amenity=clock From which distance can you read a publicly visible clock? E.g.: the value 'area' can be used for a church clock.

See also