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.

#22 My conclusion

by bugs4hj <>

Saturday December 27th, 2003 9:49 PM

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Sure, GPS position systems must be more accurate, or all military service equipment would be useless. Now, it is great to see yet another new add-on or extension whatever you want to name it but I still see a dark sky because of this:

a) privacy: most people, including me, like to keep their privacy as is - and this might not be the biggest obstacle but it sure it a big one.

b) type of browser: it only works with a mozilla based browser - the percentage of mozilla browser users is still by far outnumbered by MS IE.

c) hardware: you need a GPS device, or it won't work at all. - the percentage of people that a) use mozilla and b) have such GPS device and c) don't care about their privacy is what? 0.00001%

d) costs: it only works if web authors a) know about this and b) like to support anything like this and most important, c) their boss pays them to do so. - I don't think this is ever going to work, because there are plenty of websites, with tons of JS errors of no support for mozilla.

You still like to have directions, to a nearby restaurant? a) use your phone b) use a yellow guide c) be human and ask someone d) use Google, or any other good search engine, and hope for the best.

Oh, and web designers can use something called 'zip codes', because that seems to work very well, without the need to change anything, or don't they deliver your mail at home?