GPSWeb Extension for Mozilla Firebird Opens Possibilities for Location-Specific Web Services

Wednesday December 24th, 2003

Davide wrote in to tell us about GPSWeb 0.1.2, an add-on for Mozilla Firebird that adds a User-Location header to every HTTP request containing the user's current position as determined by the Global Positioning System. Sites can then use this data to provide location-specific services, such as supplying directions to the nearest restaurant. The extension requires the user to have some GPS hardware connected to their computer (Davide tested GPSWeb with the Garmin E-Trex) and the GPSd Java daemon, which parses the data supplied by the GPS unit, to be running.

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by bugs4hj <>

Friday December 26th, 2003 3:54 AM

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Can GPSWeb be used without a GPS device? GPS hardware is still rather expensive, and especially when you're going to use it for this kind of applications only. There are more ways to obtain your GEO location so that would be nice.

There are plenty of other ways to find whatever you are searching for, if you're connected to the internet anyway, so I am still not convinced this is ever going to work. Its more likely that people have their cellphone at hand, and not a notebook and GPS device, just for getting directions to a restaurant.

Also, this will only work for mozilla based browers because that's a total no no.