Extracting street names from a small selected area

Hello there.
I’m not an experienced osm user, but I was wondering if you could make a program as follows:

  • select an area on the map (limited to one city)
  • extract only the street names of that selection (performance is a priority)
  • save them in xml, or any other simple text format
    I want it to be as simple as possible, if it’s possible, of course :slight_smile:
    So basically I want the to modify the existing area selection & exporting functionality of osm and narrow it down to just searching for streets.
    This description is probably not sufficient, so feel free to ask more questions.
    Thanks for any help in advance.

There is a user called okilimu, you can contact him via http://forum.openstreetmap.org/profile.php?id=5171 or http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/okilimu

He is processing a comparison of official street lists obtained by local authorities or other sources with Streets that are in the OSM database that belong to a certain polygon describing the boundary outline of a place.

Maybe he has some hints for you.