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.

#18 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: What?

by davide71

Friday December 26th, 2003 7:20 AM

You are replying to this message

don't know why my messages are posted twice ?!

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

There are other open source browsers that can be enhanced this way (konqueror for desktop and for mobile as well). Among the others, IE could be enhanced too, but it is not our target platforms. It is a diffuse opinion that Web-like browsers, cell phones and GPS are converging to a single appliance, thus it may work :)