Opened 9 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

#2605 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Google Earth-like projection

Reported by: axelboldt@… Owned by: tom@…
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: website Version:
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Currently, OSM displays maps with a Mercator projection, just like Google Maps. This projection distorts distances at high/low latitudes. It was designed for fixed paper maps, not for scrollable online maps.

Google Earth uses a different projection: the vertical view down from a satellite. This projection treats all points of the globe equally. Distortion is rather intuitive and everywhere the same. Zoom level directly corresponds to the size of the viewed part of Earth's surface. There is no difference between vertical and horizontal distances.

It would be nice to have an option to view the OSM data in Google Earth's projection.

Change History (1)

comment:1 Changed 9 years ago by tom@…

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

That's why we provide our data, so if you want to display it in a different way you can.

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