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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 8y

Would it be possible to actually see the GPS Coordinates of someone's trip?
Now, if checking a trip you only see the general trip outline, meaning names and dates and mode of travel.
But in case of not being able to edit things manually (because the map simply doesn't recognize names and even some islands/atolls are not visible on the map) it would be nice to copy some coordinates.


2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 8y

As almost all questions are answered, I guess this one was overlooked.
Anyone can help me? Or just a simple 'no, not possible'

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4893 posts) 8y

Early on we tossed around some ideas for doing this (mostly so we could mark up locatations with the geo microformat), but it hasn't been followed up on. Technically it's trivial for us to show the coordinates; but doing that somewhere would need a decision from Sam and Peter to do so. (My personal take on this is that showing longitude/latitude is too geeky to be of any use to regular visitors, and so it should only be done if it could be done in a completely clutter-free way, which I don't see being possible.)
If you really want to know the exact coordinates someone else used, you can do so by running the following bit of javascript from the location bar (all on one line as always) while on the map page in question, and then click on the location.

javascript:(function() { mapClicked = function(lat, lon, zoom, locationid, countryid, locationname, tripidstr) { alert(locationname + ": " + lat + ", " + lon); }})();

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 3, 2009, at 12:44 PM by Sander ]

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 8y

Cheers Sander!
Know it was a bit of an odd question. The main reason was a future trip I already mapped. I am going with my cousin and we were debating about the right coordinates of certain islands/atolls. They are not on the map anywhere you see.
Thanks again!

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5847 posts) 8y

Hey Michael, yeah, somewhat overlooked this. Actually I saw it, then decided to think about it for a while and then forgot to answer.

As Sander says, displaying the co-ordinates would be easy. It's how to do it without creating clutter that is the problem. Clutter usually just creates confusion, even if it actually provides more accurate information, so we need to do our best to avoid it.

To provide at least somewhere where you can see this, I've just added it into a tooltip when you hover over the location (on a page like this.

Of course, what we really need is all the islands in our database!