[uf-discuss] geo - accuracy of coordinates

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Mon Oct 2 20:01:52 PDT 2006

On Oct 2, 2006, at 9:20 PM, Ryan King wrote:

> 1. Actually, you don't need to have lat/long to get distance. There  
> are plenty of services for translating human readable addresses  
> into machine readable values.
> 2. Remember, lat/long is not human first. Lat/long is for machines.  
> Few people use them (remember, us geeks are exceptional). In most  
> cases people author with human readable location information, they  
> only use lat/long to make the machines happy.

This is probably a good time to point out that I made a proxy service  
to read URLs with hCards and append geo markup wherever it is missing  
and can be found from public geocoding services (currently covering  
US and Canada):


I was hoping to add some more functionality before posting it to the  
wiki, but Ryan wrote such a nice explanation of why this is useful.   
Here's my geo-lacking hCard mapped on Google using this and Brian's  
geo-to-KML service:



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