Opened 10 years ago

Closed 10 years ago

#2605 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Google Earth-like projection

Reported by: axelboldt@… Owned by: Tom Hughes
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: website Version:
Keywords: Cc:


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 10 years ago by Tom Hughes

Component: adminwebsite
Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

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

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