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Geotagging

Posted on by Clive Walker in Microformats

I have been geotagging a pub guide website using the geo microformat. Each of the pubs has an Ordnance Survey map reference and it’s quite easy to wrap this with an <abbr> tag and its attributes like this:

<abbr class="geo" title="latitude;longitude">OS Map Ref</abbr>

As a result, the latitude and longitude can be picked up by a microformats parsing tool like the Operator Extension for Firefox and used in various different mapping websites.

This type of microformat information adds more meaning/data to your website and potentially opens up the website for use by other web applications. In my opinion, geotagging and the use of location-based information will become more important in future.

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