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1. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

.... is there anyway of having a map attached to a blog entry but which shows a useful area? For example, i've just put up the first French cycle entry, whereby the two extremes are only 140km apart. Yet the blog map shows the whole world with two dots on top off each other, which is a little silly. Is there a way to have it take the two extreme co-ords, maybe then add 20%, and just show that map instead of the whole world (except, obviously, where this is required)?

Also, is there a way that when you start a map entry, you can default it to start somewhere which isn't the whole world and is a more useful scale?

Most of mine, for example, will be in Europe, yet It always takes me a good 30seconds of zooming in to Africa and then panning before i can start inputting an entry, normally a lot more.

A final query, on my list of travel maps, they are listed in the order that I have inputted them (or, at least, the log). Is it possible - whether automatically, or as an option - to sort them by date [most recent first] that that travel is tagged to. Otherwise when i finally get around to inputting older trips, they are all going to be in a horribly confused order.

Thanks!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 9y

Yes. When you're writing the entry, click on the [map] button, select the map, and then click on the [Select Map View] button. That'll allow you to zoom in the map until you reach the view you want. And then you can click on [Insert] to get the map to display like that in your blog entry. (Sam wrote a blog entry about this as well, back in December when we added it.)

We sort the trips by the last time you updated the trip; assuming that people will write blog entries about a trip at the same time as updating the map to be completely correct. Sorting by date is kinda iffy, as a lot of people don't fill in dates for their trips. Still, I'll ponder it for a bit, and maybe Sam or Peter has a strong preference too?

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 18, 2007, at 10:58 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

When you're writing the entry, click on the [map] button, select the map, and then click on the [Select Map View] button. That'll allow you to zoom in the map until you reach the view you want. And then you can click on [Insert] to get the map to display like that in your blog entry

Thought so, but then assumed I was just being stupid. As such, i'd like to report a slight technical error...

Sorting by date is kinda iffy, as a lot of people don't fill in dates for their trips. Still, I'll ponder it for a bit, and maybe Sam or Peter has a strong preference too?

Yeah, in future it should be simple enough as i'll be adding them in order. Tis just that i'm trying to work backwards a bit here. I accept that many posts aren't dated, so maybe the default could stay the same, but an option for chronological put in?

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 19, 2007, at 10:36 AM by Gelli ]

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

Funny you should mention it Rich. I was reading that blog entry yesterday going, now why didn't Rich zoom in on France for this before inserting? :)

The ordering thing has thrown me off a bit too, especially considering the import from the old travellog system (I still need to update the really old ones, but have already updated newer trips, so that is going to cause even more issues I guess). I'd go with the date option personally, if it could be reliable in 90% of the cases it's probably still better than the current setup.

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Yeah. The subsequent entries have worked (kind of), but even if i try and reset the first one and replace the map, it still defaults back to the World view, which is somewhat frustrating. Any ideas?

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 9y

Based on the HTML output, it looks like you only have the simplecode for a worldwide map (something like [map=xxxxx]) rather than for a zoomed in map ([map=xxxxx lat=yy.yyyyyyyy lon=zz.zzzzzzzzzz zoom=aa.aaa]).
Don't know why that would be if you're inserting the zoomed in map...

Hmm. Did you actually click on "publish" for the blog entry? (Rather than saving it as a new draft?) If you did, and do have the long [map] simplecode string, could you post it here; maybe I can see some error with it...