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Add hillside shading to maps at low zoom
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Our maps would greatly benefit from hillside shading, especially for articles about natural features. Community link: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help_talk:Extension:Kartographer#Topographical_details

Note:
There is an optional volunteer run layer available already in the form of

var WMFLabs_Hill shading = L.tileLayer('http://{s}.tiles.wmflabs.org/hillshading/{z}/{x}/{y}.png', {
	subdomains: ["a", "b", "c"],
	attribution: 'Wikimedia Labs | Map data &copy; <a href="https://openstreetmap.org/copyright">OpenStreetMap contributors</a',
	maxZoom: 16
});

but this ticket is about bringing that to the official Wikimedia maps (either by default or as a layer).

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Yurik created this task.Dec 16 2016, 5:03 AM
Restricted Application added a subscriber: Aklapper. · View Herald TranscriptDec 16 2016, 5:03 AM

Hillshading is a significant effort, with both technical and cartographic issues to resolve. There's relatively little open documentation about using hillshading with vector tiles. We might also need more capacity on the servers, a typical hillshading dataset is about 600GB-1TB.

Adding topographical details is much less work and certainly possible , but I'd like to do it after the current work is deployed. I see some fairly glaring lack of symbols like the lack of mountain peaks, etc.

Yurik added a comment.Dec 16 2016, 6:09 AM

@Pnorman thanks! Could you create tickets for the big things you see as missing - this way everyone could subscribe to them. Thanks!

TheDJ updated the task description. (Show Details)Apr 18 2018, 12:43 PM
Pnorman closed this task as Declined.Jul 4 2018, 12:17 AM

It has been decided that because we don't have a dedicated user-focused product manager for maps changes we can't make material product changes for maps, so the new styles work will not be deployed. The same reasons would apply to hillshading implemented on the existing style.

mxn added a subscriber: mxn.Jul 5 2018, 12:18 AM