[Geowanking] Location encodings, URL schemes
andy at hexten.net
Fri Feb 18 07:20:16 PST 2005
On 18 Feb 2005, at 15:08, Bill Kearney wrote:
>> Interesting... would there be some sort of a default behavior? Seems
>> like big infoportals like google and mapquest would be *very*
>> interested in somthing like this.
> Only if it pointed toward their own services. Being able to take one
> set of
> search results and pop over to some other service is doesn't seem like
> something they'd be interested in supported.
I thought that's what Google did? They've got quite a big collection of
links to other people's services :)
> Whether or not it'd be good
> for the user or not. That and a link to a point is worthless if there
> other data that would likewise need to be present. "Need" being highly
> dependent on whose side of the situation you're considering. For the
> service there are doubtless other data they'd want on that map
> driven by advertising revenue...)
> What might be more useful would be extending the href tag with markup.
> <a href="/html/link/to/something" geo:point="some;geo;data;">here</a>
> This would allow for anything client-side that was aware of the
> and attributes to pay attention to it without distrupting things for
> that don't. Ihe case of route planning software, for example, it
> would have
> the ability to perhaps intercept the right-click context menu when geo
> markup was present. Or perform page-level scanning for a toolbar,
> or other action.
Yes, that might be cool but it's a different thing I think. For these
purposes I'm really just interested in what follows from having a URL
scheme that uniquely describes locations on the planet - so that each
location has a single, canonical URL. I'd be interested in extending
the syntax to support regions and other metadata but, for me at least,
the attractive thing is the semantics of a URL that doesn't link off to
some other site - it links directly (whatever that ends up meaning) to
a location on the planet. I like the idea of being able to say "this is
the address of this physical location - make of that what you will"
rather than "here's a link to a site that has some stuff about this
Andy Armstrong, hexten.net
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