On Sun 19 Dec 2004, Andrew Black <andrew3(a)black1.org.uk> wrote:
Can someone explain what a locale is meant to do in
Openguides - what
sort of area is it meant to cover.
Specifically I have seen a couple of entries with Locale = "Southwark"
that I don't consider to be within Southwark. I assume that it is not
meant to cover the London Borough of that name.
For me, a locale is the answer to the question "where is foo?" So for
example if someone said "Where is Manna?" I'd say "Primrose Hill",
so that's its locale. If someone said "Where is the Crabtree Tavern?"
I'd answer "Well, it's sort of on the border of Hammersmith and
Fulham", so it's in both locales.
If something's down as being in Southwark but you know Southwark well
and you disagree, then you're probably right and the locale was added
by someone who doesn't know the area very well - sort of the "South of
the river is all the same place" syndrome.
I've added this to the openguides FAQ: