Template talk:Location dec

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This is not yet working right. I will work on it some more soon. The idea is to be able to use decimal coordinates (like you get from maps.google.com) instead of DMS, without having to do conversion. This functionality is on en:wp so I think it's doable, but I did something wrong in converting location to this template. ++Lar: t/c 03:52, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

  • has this template gone awry? Evrik 19:12, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Geo microformat[edit]

I've added] a Geo microformat. Pigsonthewing 16:19, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Topozone is gone[edit]

Seems to have been sold. --grin 11:38, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

I've tried to modify the address for fixing the problem. --Wrightbus 04:43, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Version that converts to DMS[edit]

I wrote a version of this template that converts to DMS and invokes {{location}} at User:Flamurai/location dec. Since this is a high use template I wanted to see if this is desirable before changing out.

Current template:

Camera location 44° 47′ 55.95″ N, 93° 27′ 23.9″ W Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap. View all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap - Google Earth info

My version called with exact same parameters:

Camera location 0° 00′ 00″ N, 0° 00′ 00″ E Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap. View all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap - Google Earth info

The major objection I can think of is loss of precision due to rounding, since location converts back to decimal. I've defaulted to rounding to 5 decimal places for seconds. I think this is sufficiently precise.

– flamurai 00:44, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

My initial reaction is enthusiasm, so in that spirit, can I act as devils advocate and make a few points.
  • 4dp gives 7m accuracy- 3dp gives 70m (which is often all one can ascertain when geotagging existing images from other creators):seconds to 5dp gives a 0.2mm accuracy (canera shake!): isn't this overkill. Doesn't this imply a false sense of precision.
  • Surely it is better to show both- in the same way we show velocity as furlongs per fortnight (ms-1). This preserves dec for those of us who choose to use it, while giving the more universally accepted method.
  • While doing a dec template couldn't a simple test be made to only add US specific mapservers, for locations less than long -50 and greater than +20, i.e the US (apologies to Canada).
ClemRutter (talk) 08:33, 18 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Changing the number of decimal places is trivial, so implementing whatever's desired is not a big deal.
  • The other points are possible, but they'd required modifications to location. Right now all I'm doing is converting decimal to DMS and calling location... nothing else.
– flamurai 20:20, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

Change in Map sites[edit]

I have replaced the US-specific map sites with others that offer services outside the US. Having sites that offer services to one country is not useful for international projects. Nichalp (talk) 09:08, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

External service links[edit]

This template and {{Location dec}} should have direct links only to Commons-related services, that is, services that can display geocoded data from Commons. Currently that's the WikiMiniAtlas, Google Maps and Google Earth. Other services can be found from the GeoHack list. Is there a problem with toolserver availability, or is it not clear that the coordinates link to a list of map services? --Para 13:59, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

Why not Wikimaps?[edit]

Hi - kudos to the people who did this first, a very nice thing to have. But why are the four links at the right exactly those four, with Google Maps as the first? More specifically, why is our sister project Wikimapia not the main shortcut link? Ingolfson (talk) 06:29, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

I don't think we should be linking anywhere else but services that can show Commons images. Other services can be found by clicking on the coordinates. Maybe if enough people are interested, WikiMapia can start showing Commons images too?[1] At the moment however, it's not a sister project and despite the "wiki" in the name, doesn't have much in common with Wikimedia projects. --Para (talk) 13:39, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

map.search.ch missing[edit]

please add map.search.ch, it is a common provider at switzerland.

Category: Templates generating Geo[edit]


Please add Category: Templates generating Geo. Thank you. Andy Mabbett (talk) 15:02, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

✓ Done. →Na·gy 09:28, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
Thank you. Andy Mabbett (talk) 20:30, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
I think the same should be done with the remaining templates here (removing Category:Media with locations at the same time). Any objections? --Leyo 10:54, 14 March 2009 (UTC)

Expression error: Unexpected < operator[edit]

Why has it become to write such an error when I trying to use this template in files? You can see example here: File:Bućkowski idal side.Jpg. Can somebody help? --Renessaince (talk) 20:38, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

I fixed it, but can not tell you what was the problem. All I have to do was to retype the coordinates. Possibly period or some digits had the same look but were encoded using some non-ASCII code. I see issues like this occasionally and retyping is the last resource. --Jarekt (talk) 02:17, 30 September 2011 (UTC)
OK, thanks for letting me know what to do with this error further. --Renessaince (talk) 23:24, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

'heading' parameter: true north or magnetic north?[edit]

The existing documentation doesn't specify whether the 'heading' parameter should give directions based on true north or magnetic north. Which should be used? Can someone knowledgeable on this please update the documentation with the answer? Thanks, Emw (talk) 15:41, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

Since this number is usually an estimate, in most cases it makes no difference whatsoever. The only case it would be significant would be in places close to both. My guess is whichever "north" up-pointing vectors point to on maps like: Google earth, google map, or OSM. --Jarekt (talk) 19:12, 3 August 2013 (UTC)