[ubuntu-uk] Contents of ubuntu-uk Digest, Vol 14, Issue 7 ref support points

Steve Smith steve.lists at googlemail.com
Wed Jun 7 14:48:58 BST 2006

 That sounds good, but obviously we can't use ning.com if it doesn't do UK
postcodes.  I'm very keen to support/advertise Google maps
(http://www.google.com/apis/maps/ <http://www.google.com/apis/maps/>),
because of their whole business practice (have you *seen* their office? ;)
), involvement in Open Source (Summer of Code, porting Google Earth to
Linux, Wine, etc.) but that's just a personal preference - what do you think
to that?  Also, the map is easily zoomable, scrollable and you can navigate
around it like lightning compared with any other map I've used online.

If you look at the source on http://map.ubuntu-be.org/fr/index.php, each new
point on the map is a block of javascript:

var point = new GLatLng(50.6627,5.5239);
var marker = createSupporterMarker(point, 'Emmanuel, lilit.be, utilisateur
exp&eacute;riment&eacute;<br />rue Monfort<br />4430 Ans<br />Seulement des
packs d\'installation grav&eacute;s en stock<br />Démonstration,
installation possible<br />Volontaire individuel<br /><a
contacter</a> ');

So if you could write some PHP that would take data from an "add my location
to the map" form and actually stuff it into a PHP include file in the format
above and save the include file, that'd be amazing!

Before we can sign up for an API key for Google maps, we need a domain
name.  Perhaps you could sign up temporarily for one on your own domain to
play with it for now, if you so wish.  I'll start a separate thread on
whether or not we should have a separate site - I and John Levin have
mentioned a few pros and cons in private and it needs airing to the whole
community first!

Steve :)
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