- support the National Gaelic Language Plan 2012-2017 which sets out “to secure an increase in the number of people learning, speaking and using Gaelic in Scotland” through the appropriate depiction of Gaelic names.
- endeavour to achieve consistency in the depiction of names within each mapping series and across its range of products;
- adopt the Gaelic orthographic conventions agreed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority;
- ensure that common usage and evidence provided by historical form are both considered when defining the spelling and/or depiction of a name;
- seek to gain proper authority, through a broadly accepted standards-setting body, for the depiction of Gaelic names, but in the case of disagreement retain final editorship to ensure cartographically acceptable mapping and products;
- continue the procedure of gathering and authenticating names by involvement and consultation with local communities and local authority Gaelic officers pending the possible formation of a standards committee;
- work with key institutions, societies and individuals to ensure consistency of Gaelic name depiction; and
- allocate resources to facilitate our understanding of Gaelic names in relation to the impact and importance on Scottish culture.
We will not:
- be the Authority for Gaelic names; or
- convert to Gaelic any existing anglicised names on the authority of any one individual.
Please note: the latest version of the policy document, 1.4, is currently being translated into Gaelic and will be published shortly.