Talk:Key:fence type

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Idea: use a chart?

I like how there is a direct Wikipedia definition link. I'm wondering if a chart could be made out of this information; so we can have a column for "key:fence_type" (showing the Wikipedia link) "Sample Rendering" (picture of a mapnik or rendering) "Description" (a brief description of what it is, (usually the 1st sentence of the Wikipedia definition)

--acrosscanadatrails 16:57, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

different values

Following a discussion on the German talk-de mailing list, we've compiled this list of ideas for fence attributes: Proposed features/Fence_attributes. Obviously there's significant overlap between the "fence types" section and the fence_type key. What's your opinion about the values suggested there? Would you agree to merging that proposal's values into the currently used fence_type key? --Tordanik 14:32, 3 February 2010 (UTC)


Why not barrier_type? --Zverik 13:17, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Value "pole (wood)"

This value is really badly named, it contains a space and parentheses. Taginfo reports 13 uses only. According to Wikipedia, roundpole fences are very specific. I propose to use "roundpole" instead of "pole (wood)" (proposed here as well: Proposed_features/Fence_attributes). --Oligo 22:13, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

I agree with that - the value with parentheses is clearly a bad choice. --Tordanik 23:01, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

Values "chain" and "hedge"

Unexpectedly, the "chain" link points to Wikipedia chain-link article. This is very confusing as barrier=chain already exists and refers to a single chain blocking the way. I propose to update the wiki to no longer use fence_type=chain, and instead use barrier=chain or barrier=fence + fence_type=chain_link. And add fence_type=chain_link in the table (also proposed here: Proposed_features/Fence_attributes).

Same for fence_type=hedge, it doubles barrier=hedge. I’ll update the page if no one opposes. --Oligo 22:28, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

+1, another good find. Please update. :) --Tordanik 22:50, 23 January 2013 (UTC)



There are a few values on Proposed features/Fence attributes that could be integrated into this key. I would like to port the value "trellis_work", but I'm not sure whether it is correctly named. Google's image search brings up examples different from the distinct style depicted in the image, and I would like a value specifically for that style. It's a relatively common sight at least in Germany. Here is the short German Wikipedia article, it doesn't appear to have an English equivalent. --Tordanik 15:20, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

Why _type?

Why is this key called "fence_type" instead of simply "fence"?

Look at our dobbelganger, the wall. We don't say wall_type=brick. We simply say wall=brick.

And look at highways. We don't say highway_type=path. We say highway=path.

I propose dropping the _type suffix.

-- T99 (talk) 06:01, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

Vinyl/synthetic/plastic fence type

Proposed addition of vinyl/synthetic/plastic fence. — Which term is most common internationally? In the US, vinyl is most common in my experience. Cheers! —Todrobbins (talk) 22:11, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

Material vs type

Concrete, wood and metal are materials, they should be added using the material=* tag, not using this type tag.

I am currently looking at a wall that is visually very similar to the second picture for "concrete", however it is made out of wood. This tagging doesn't work very well.

--Pbb (talk) 11:48, 12 May 2017 (UTC)

I added a new value "corrugated metal". At the forum, no one spoke against:

Wire fence?

Spike on welded wire mesh fence.jpg

I'm not sure if I fully agree with either the definition or the image of fence_type=wire.

First, the image does not have any wires in it. All steel in the fence is in the form of solid bars and posts. The image is also misnamed. There is no mesh in the image. The bars are parallel (vertical, to discourage climbing). Okay, there are a few horizontal bars too, apparently for structural support and decoration (and easier climbing). A wire mesh is totally different -- generally a synonym for either fence_type=chain_link or chicken wire and not welded.

Second, the definition has some words related to electricity but they don't really form a meaningful sentence. Could the author please elaborate the intended meaning?

--T99 (talk) 08:22, 31 October 2017 (UTC)

  • This is fence with mesh panels. A welded mesh. I would use mesh as value. So I remove the actual image cause not showing a wire fence, as it is generally understood. --Chris2map (talk) 18:03, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

What type of fence is this?

Mixed fence.png

Should this be fence_type=metal, or something different? Rmikke (talk) 18:31, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

IMO this is special sort of picket fence. Alternative something like iron rod. So picket, iron_rod or universal type metal. --Chris2map (talk) 18:13, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
I think this is clearly a fence_type=bars as it's constructed mostly of vertical metal bars. This is definitely not a picket fence. fence_type=metal makes no sense because metal is a material, not a type, style or design. -- T99 (talk) 10:21, 5 October 2020 (UTC)

Paling Fence

I am using this type in Open Historical Map, but it applies in many modern contexts as well. Vertical posts, 2 or 3 lateral slats, and then a series of vertical boards or planks butted together, fastened to the laterals. I don't have a suitably licensed photo right now or I'd included it. --Nfgusedautoparts (talk) 15:56, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

IMO paling would be an applicable value and is missing in the table. It is currently in use 3 times ( I assume that these fences are currently being mapped with "wood". --Chris2map (talk) 18:39, 9 June 2020 (UTC)