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Geographic tagging of HTML pages - draft-daviel-html-geo-tag-00.txt

From: Andrew Daviel <andrew@andrew.triumf.ca>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 14:57:50 -0700 (PDT)
To: WWW-HTML List <www-html@w3.org>
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This draft describes a simple method for tagging documents according to 
geographic position, which may then be used in resource discovery for
indexing, and subsequently for simple a geographic search.

For a hyperlinked version see
http://vancouver-webpages.com/geo/draft-daviel-html-geo-tag-00.html

Precis:
Documents may be identified with one or more of:
<meta name="geo.position" content="longitude,latitude[,elevation]">
<meta name="geo.placename" content="freetext place name">
<meta name="geo.country" content="ISO 3166 2-character country code">
e.g.
<meta name="geo.position" content="-128.3,48.5">
<meta name="geo.placename" content="Vancouver, BC">
<meta name="geo.country" content="CA">

Notes: 

1. The tags describe the position of the resource described on the
page, for instance a beach or restaurant, not the company hosting the
page, the company managing the described resource, or the server hosting
the page (cf. RFC1876)

2. The tags are described in terms of current HTML practice, which does
not preclude them being represented in another manner such as RDF or XML.

3. The tags are intended for use by a wide base of authors who are
probably not well versed in GIS or formal metadata techniques.
They are not intended to supplant such formal standards as FGDC, GILS,
TC211, Dublin Core etc which should be used where appropriate.

Geotags homepage is currently http://vancouver-webpages.com/geo/

Andrew Daviel
Received on Tuesday, 13 April 1999 17:58:49 GMT

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