[whatwg] Request: Implementing a Geo Location URI Scheme

Rodrigo Polo rodrigo.polo at gmail.com
Wed Jun 5 05:00:56 PDT 2013

You are completely right, but in the tests I made on Chrome the "geo" URI
handler can't be used with the "registerProtocolHandler" call, it throws a
security error and the use of geo location URI it is not included as a
"recommendation" or "good practice" when we talk about the markup, so it is
not a technical thing, it is more an idea that could be included in further
discussions between web browsers developers, map app developers and the
users so everyone adopt the idea of having the geo URI scheme adopted as an
standard, I'm quite sure this idea can help a lot of users and web
developers to give a better user experience and it is more important that
many other things, it will make the life of users a lot easier.

On Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 5:38 AM, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke at gmx.de>wrote:

> On 2013-06-05 13:27, Rodrigo Polo wrote:
>> Hi, well, the "kind of support" I think should be implemented is
>> actually something that should be a standard, any anchor that have a
>> "mailto:" inside is supported out of the box in any web browser and the
>> first time it is clicked the web browser asks for the default app to
>> open that link.
> At least on Windows, "mailto:" is supported by an URI handler in the
> operating system, and the browser just delegates to it. You can install new
> URI handlers (think skype: and callto:). The browser doesn't need to have
> any special support (except for asking the OS for advice).
>  The "geo" URI handler is not supported by default out of the box and it
>> should, for the sake of the user experience, to make it work it is
>> required for everyone in the web browser development community to join
>> forces with the maps application developers, the
> It's the mapping application that needs to support it, not the browser.
> The browser will support whatever the system supports it is running on.
>  ...
> Best regards, Julian

Rodrigo J. Polo

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