Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 5 months ago

#14441 new enhancement

Explanation for each validator warning

Reported by: naoliv Owned by: team
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: Core validator Version:
Keywords: help Cc: Hufkratzer


Something to think about and discuss.

It's not the first time that I am seeing somebody saying "what does this message means? what do I do with this warning? what is wrong with the data?" when validating something with JOSM and not understanding the message.

Could we have some kind of infrastructure where we could document each validator message, with explanations, examples, etc?

Some kind of wiki maybe.
It should allow to have the details/explanations in multiple languages and also support explanations for the other rules from

The validator window could have a More info button, which would open a window with the explanations for that specific message; it could also allow the user to open it in a web browser, if he likes.

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comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by Klumbumbus

There are lists at Help/Preferences/Validator and at osmwiki:JOSM/Validator, but both are heavily outdated and incomplete.

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by Don-vip

Keywords: help added

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by anonymous

I think this is a good idea. A link to some place that has images/gifs and an explanation, plus possible solutions

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by Don-vip

Priority: normalmajor

comment:5 Changed 3 years ago by stoecker

You think increasing the priority will change the fact that nobody does update the Wiki?

comment:6 Changed 3 years ago by Don-vip

I never said that. I just consider this ticket to be a major enhancement worth to invest some of my time (including updating the wiki).

comment:7 Changed 5 months ago by Hufkratzer

Cc: Hufkratzer added

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