Re: [Geopriv] Draft Updates "GEO TAGS for HTML"

From: Henning Schulzrinne ^lt;>
Date: Tue Aug 07 2007 - 11:48:27 EDT

The reason to use as much of the existing mechanisms as possible is
precision. We've gone through a fair amount of effort to think about
the tags, so that the receiver actually knows what they mean, across
country boundaries. This has nothing to do with HELD, although mobile
devices may well publish information about themselves that way.
Precisely because webmasters don't know anything about geo and civic
data, we shouldn't leave them to their own guesses. I don't see the
4119 tags as complex, as they correspond pretty naturally to the way
that people write their address. Well-structured information is
important since the most important consumer of this information are
likely to be search engines, not people.

On Aug 7, 2007, at 10:15 AM, Martin Kofahl wrote:

> Before discussion goes off course:
> HTML-geo-tags vs. HELD and RFC 4676:
> Please consider that HTML-geo-tags have a different purpose than
> HELD and RFC 4676. HTML-tags have nothing to do with providing the
> location information for and about clients. HTML-tags will be more
> or less static as any other meta tags in web pages.
> The great benefit of Mr. Daviels proposal: it's simple, so that it
> can be used by webmasters who don't care about geographic things
> but may still provide geo-information in this way improving the web.
> HTTP-headers:
> This has much more to do with HELD & Co. 'cause discovered location
> information will be embedded in http request. In general, it's a
> good idea avoiding conversions. Since headers won't be used
> manually (contrary to html-tags), they might be more comprehensive
> as you might have seen in the new http-geo-draft. I did only
> consider using Dublin Core elements, but they didn't meet the
> requirements (e.g. heading). I'll take a deeper look at georss but
> it looks as one must add a few more elements from GML.
> Best regards!
> Martin
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