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Geo Waypoint Trails

An exploration of publishing information about sequences of geographical points using series of Geo (or other) microformats.

Terms

Conceptually, a collection of points, with no sequential relationship (the county towns of England, say, or all skyscrapers in New York), is deemed a collection (or set) of individual Waypoints. A sequentially-ordered collection of points may be expressed as a track or a route. Tracks are a record of where a person has been, routes are suggestions about where they might go in the future. So, for instance, there might be timestamps for each point in a track (because someone is recording where and when they were there), but timestamps for each point in a route are unlikely to be provided, because the author is suggesting it, and nobody might ever have travelled it.

A route which ends at its beginning may also describe a boundary (also called a box or polygon). A boundary may be for an object or area on any scale, from a small building or plot of land to a continent, at any level of granularity.

It may therefore be appropriate to use a sequence of hCalendar microformats for tracks and of hCard microformats for routes, boundaries and waypoints.

The Problem

To allow the publishing of series of waypoints in such a way that they are downloadable and that their ordering is parsable.

Participants

Real-World Examples

Collections

  <tr>
  <td>10</td>
  <td>
    <div class="geo">
      <span class="latitude">52.38616</span><br/>
      <span class="longitude">4.91199</span>
    </div>
  </td>
  <td ><a href="...">Waypoint 10</a></td>
  <td >Amsterdam (3 km) <a title="" href="...">Map</a></td>
  </tr>

Other

  <wpt lat="39.921055008" lon="3.054223107"> 
  <ele>12.863281</ele> 
  <time>2005-05-16T11:49:06Z</time> 
  <name>Cala Sant Vicenç - Mallorca</name> 
  <sym>City</sym> 
  </wpt>

Existing formats

A number of other formats (which route/ track parsers may wish to export) are listed at http://www.gpsbabel.org/capabilities.html

Tools

Typical mandatory attributes

Typical optional attributes

Issues

References

See Also

geo-extension-waypoints was last modified: Friday, September 7th, 2007

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