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THOUGHT: The HTML Standard definitely needs a GPS:// Tag
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 24.07.08 - 14:05:01 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 14834x
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The time where GPS was used by inbuilt car navigation and some outdoor sporties only is long time gone, today every high-end smartphone includes a GPS receiver, slowly moving into mid-range mobile phones as well. And many smartphones either come with a navigation software preloaded or, if nothing is available, in most cases a version of Google Maps Mobile is available. Nevertheless, all the GPS use is pretty much a one-way communication where a mobile phone receives the GPS data of the current position, process it and shows it on a map. But users cannot share this location in an easy and convenient Web 2.0-styled, way.

Let's say I'm in Paris, in the Avenue Montaigne (fashion victims know why I selected this street) in front of a shop. There is no easy and automated way to share the current location with others. Sure, the mobile phone's GPS receiver knows that the current position is <48.868407 / 2.308896> aka <48° 52' 6.27", +2° 18' 32.03>. But instead of being able to simply send a message (E-Mail, SMS, MMS or whatever) to someone else, I have to send a message with the real location. If the recipient wants to come to me, he or she has to enter the address into the the mobile phone's GPS or mapping application again to see how to come over.
Now imagine there would be a HTML tag like GPS:// and you could send your current position as messages, straight from your GPS application which could look like "GPS://48.868407/2.308896". The recipient would receive the message, could click the GPS:// link which contains your position and this could open the default GPS application on the phone to show the location. That's what I call a hassle free use of today's technology.

Or, in the world of social networking, you could send your current position to services like Twitter. Twitter could convert this information to a link which can be opened on the PC in, lets say Google Maps or Live Maps or any other application which might be the default GPS:// application (like Google Earth).

But no, while we are living in the 21st Century, in some cases we have to work with 21st Century technology like we are still in the 20th Century.

Cheers ~ Arne


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