Benny Malengier wrote:
> You could add a wiki page with this.
could actually live IN the wiki!
> But please give a help there, it took me a while I had to use the textual
> smaller/larger links to have the bounding box change.
Ah, yes, sorry about that. I just made it for my own use, and when I
decided to share, added the description of its intent. I didn't think
to add usage instructions, since I already knew how to use it. :)
I've added a couple of explanatory lines. Also switched from Yahoo to
Google to add location search, and for better global imagery. Next I
hope to have the marker follow when the map is dragged, though I don't
know how to do that yet.
> You could also make a report/quick report on places that opens this page
> in your browser. That would give you the option to create a plugin for
> gramps that makes your applet more visible and allows you to share the
> work with new users.
I could, perhaps, if I knew what any of that meant. :)
My first thought, though, is that perhaps Serge might want to add some
of this to his GeoView. That would be preferable to having multiple
tools, I think.
> 2008/3/3, Dave Walton <dw-gramps@... <mailto:dw-gramps@...>>:
> Hm, I realize I left out a couple of points I meant to make...
> - Place databases like geonames.org <http://geonames.org> go down
> to the level of cities or
> towns. Geocoding (computing coordinates based on address) is
> notoriously inaccurate and often fails, especially on historical
> addresses. GRAMPS users will often have information more precise than
> city, but less precise than an actual building location. Perhaps just a
> street name, or a particular block, or a distance from landmark, etc. A
> tool like this is useful for determining approximate coordinates that
> are better than just the city coords using that information.
> - Besides adjusting zoom level based on precision of coordinates,
> GeoView could also display the area of uncertainty, similar to the
> bounding box I draw (though a circle, if possible, would be more
> visually pleasing). That raises awareness that, like most Places, the
> coordinates don't reference just a single, specific point, but rather a
> general area of interest around that point, the size of which can vary
> depending on the Place being referenced.
> Dave Walton wrote:
> > Howdy folks,
> > This is semi-related to several different conversations that have
> > place here recently. So I thought I'd share, in case anyone here is
> > interested...
> > For some time, I've been annoyed by the pointless over-precision of a
> > lot of the coordinate data out there. I just doesn't make sense
> to give
> > the coordinates of an entire country to within two inches. So I made
> > this tool to help me find coordinates with more reasonable precision.
> > (Thank you, Serge, for calling my attention to Mapstraction!)
> > http://www.digger.net/projects/locator
> > I can imagine several ways this might be useful to GRAMPS:
> > - As a feature of GeoView, or perhaps a GeoView-enhanced place
> > completion tool, it could help GRAMPS users find coordinates of
> > - There was an idea recently about some sort of GRAMPS project places
> > database. If that were to happen, something like this could be useful
> > as part of the UI for building and maintaining that database.
> > - Some of my code may (or may not) be useful in GeoView, such as
> > picking a zoom level based on the level of precision of the
> > (I confess that I have no idea what GeoView can currently do. I am
> > using Kubuntu, so I am missing a long list of dependencies to get
> > gtkmozembed working.)
> > Dave
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