Opened 9 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

#2604 reopened enhancement

Scales and/or distance measurement tool

Reported by: axelboldt@… Owned by: rails-dev@…
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: website Version:
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I think one central use for maps is the estimation of distances, but currently the maps displayed at OSM don't really allow to do that.

It would be nice if the maps contained a small scale so that distances could be estimated. I'm not sure if distortion at high/low latitudes is big enough to warrant two scales, one vertical and one horizontal. For the largest zooms it would probably make more sense to provide a tool allowing the user to measure the distance between two points.

Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 9 years ago by tom@…

  • Component changed from admin to website
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

We've been over and over this. It's not going to happen until there is an OpenLayers? control that gets the scale right.

comment:2 Changed 9 years ago by tom@…

Just, to add, the history (if you're not aware of it) can be found in case #1704 and case #2437.

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by HB9DTX

  • Resolution wontfix deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

I am not a specialist, but as far as I've understood, the

could do the job, isn't it?

A scale line is THE missing feature on OSM website to my opinion. It makes it hard to estimate distance if you are new to OSM in an unknown region, or on unusual zoom levels.

comment:4 Changed 8 years ago by TomH

No, it really is not that simple. This has been gone over time and time again as the tickets I mentioned will make clear if you read them.

I repeat what I said before, nothing is going to happen until there is a control which gets the scale RIGHT.

Now please stop reopening old tickets without reading all the history.

comment:5 Changed 7 years ago by TomH

  • Owner changed from tom@… to rails-dev@…

comment:6 Changed 5 years ago by jekhor@…

I want to support this feature request – absence of distance measurement tool is most annoying thing for me (after inadequate render style for hamlet names, of course :)).

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