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1. Posted by worldwideG (Respected Member 117 posts) 9y

hi Tp, i'm having some difficulty with the travel map. when i enter st.petersburg into the destination it places the point on the map in the middle of russia and not in the correct location! could anyone help me out? thanks, pete

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

You need to click on the actual location in the auto-complete dropdown that appears underneath the location field (we know the city as "Saint Petersburg", so type "sa" for it to appear), otherwise the map won't know that you mean that city and won't fill in the latitude/longitude for you that we use to position the dots.

Either that, or zoom in on the map until you see the city itself, click the "select on map" button so it's selected, and click on the city name (or fill in the correct latitude/longitude manually). :)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 28, 2007, at 2:39 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y


Is there a good reference site to get the latitude/longitude co-ordinates for cities/towns on? Or should l go buy myself an atlas or stop being so lazy and do a google search!



4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Well, pretty much all cities you'd be able to think of (roughly 2 million of them) should be in our system. Just select their country, type their name until you see them in the autocomplete and click on that, and it'll fill in the latitude/longitude. (Or if you know where in the world they're located, zoom in until you see them and then click on the cityname.)

For those rare cities that wouldn't be in our database, easiest would be to simple zoom in anyway and then click on their rough position relative to other cities, which'll fill in the latitude/longitude, and then you can specify a name for that position. Or alternatively if you want the position to be exact, wikipedia lists latitude/longitude for most cities that they have an article on. (You could also look them up in the world gazetteer, but I'm pretty certain that's been one of the original sources for the database we have, so missing cities would be missing from there as well.)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 28, 2007, at 5:00 AM by Sander ]

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Just to clarify. There are TWO ways to select a city.

The default, which I find the simplest, is to select a country and then start typing in the LOCATION box underneath the COUNTRY one. Type the first 2 or 3 letters and give it a half second to find the city you have started typing. This works very well in 99% of the cases (short, common city names that might appear more than 10 times being the exception). Remember that a city might be spelled slightly different than you assume, so replace "st." with "saint" etc.

If you are not having any success with this method, try method two, which uses the full interactivity of the map. Use the zoom buttons at the top right of the map to zoom in. Not only will you start to see country names, but continuing your zooming, capitals (noted with a star) and other high population cities will appear. Don't let that stop you.... continue zooming for a plethora of cities, and I really mean a plethora! Even Cape Otway appeared for me! Click on the 'SELECT ON MAP' button and click on any city (or even blank spot if you like) to select that exact spot. If it's a city, the name will automatically fill in. If not, you can add your own name.

Like Sander mentioned, there's nearly 2 million records in our database, so most likely it's there!

Oh, and the second time you have to select a city is even easier as the ones you have selected before get priority over the other ones when you zoom in.

Just thought I'd clarify in case the two options were not entirely clear :)

6. Posted by worldwideG (Respected Member 117 posts) 9y

Cheers guys, i've sorted it out. the problem i had was that it doesn't recognise St and you have to type Saint and that it takes a long time to generate the city on the map.