[whatwg] Geolocation in the browser
gerv at mozilla.org
Thu Feb 22 07:07:58 PST 2007
Ryan Sarver wrote:
> The biggest problem with this implementation is that it requires an
> additional service on top of standard GPS.
I wasn't envisaging any geocoding services. In my example, the address
would be one the user had entered, and (assuming the machine has GPS at
all) the browser had remembered as being at particular GPS coordinates.
For desktop machines which never move, the browser may well have
geocoded a typed-in address once and stored the lat/long to give to
If the machine has GPS, the default option in the dropdown might be
"Here: <lat>, <long>". But there would be other options. I think it's
important that the user be able to give a location other than his
current one - for example, if he's at work, but looking for the closest
pizza restaurant to his home.
The "granularity" setting is for privacy; I was imagining that the
browser would round the actual value to the nearest whatever was
appropriate, in order to introduce the necessary degree of uncertainty.
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