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Public-images-osm logo.svg highway = ford
Using this tag is discouraged, use ford instead. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: highways
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Status: obsolete

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This feature has been labeled as deprecated. The recommended replacement is: ford=*.
The reason is documented in Deprecated features. You are still free to continue to use or interpret this tag as you see fit since OpenStreetMap does not have “banned features”.
Under no circumstances should you (semi-)automatically change “deprecated” tags to something else in the database on a large scale without conforming to the automated edits code of conduct. Any such change will be reverted.

To tag a point where a path or road crosses a river or stream which is at times covered by shallow water, consider using ford=* instead as this provides a more consistent approach and avoids the problem of how to tag a ford which is a way (when there is a conflict with the need for other highway tags on the same way).