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Re: free open geocoding apis

jsmorley » April 2nd, 2013, 4:51 pm

One thing I notice that is a "user" issue with the api.

If you use commas in the search (which is pretty standard behavior) you can get unexpected results. I think the api treats "Paris, Idaho" for instance as "find Paris AND Idaho or Paris OR Idaho, and return the first match"

So "Paris, Idaho" will actually always return the Paris in France, where "Paris Idaho" without the comma, properly returns the city in the US.
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Re: free open geocoding apis

moshi » April 2nd, 2013, 5:02 pm

jsmorley wrote: I actually kinda like the single return. Not only is it easier to parse, (by miles) it's not hard to use it that way. If you put in "paris" and meant "Paris Idaho" instead of "Paris France", you will get the wrong one and see that you need to narrow the search.

if you would want to improve this you could also display a map.

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http://dev.virtualearth.net/REST/V1/Imagery/Map/Road/#Location#?mapSize=266,202&key=AijbFhynMi9YlUoC5sbBKfrfbnkcMJ34sYBEORQwbsviodnw8nTkkgh5se5COtMs
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Re: free open geocoding apis

moshi » April 2nd, 2013, 5:17 pm

jsmorley wrote:One thing I notice that is a "user" issue with the api.

If you use commas in the search (which is pretty standard behavior) you can get unexpected results. I think the api treats "Paris, Idaho" for instance as "find Paris AND Idaho or Paris OR Idaho, and return the first match"

So "Paris, Idaho" will actually always return the Paris in France, where "Paris Idaho" without the comma, properly returns the city in the US.
i would split the skin in two "stages"

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[Variables]
Location=
Stage=1

[Stage]
@Include="#@#includes\YahooWOEID#Stage#.inc"

stage1 YahooWOEID1.inc

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[MeasureCount]
Measure=Calc
Formula=(([MeasureCount])+1)
DynamicVariables=1
IfAboveValue=2
IfAboveAction=[!WriteKeyValue Variables "Location" "[MeasureLocation1]" "#CURRENTFILE#"][!WriteKeyValue Variables "Stage" "2" "#CURRENTFILE#"][!Refresh "#CURRENTCONFIG#"]

[MeasureLocation1]
Measure=Calc
Formula=1
DynamicVariables=1
Substitute="1":"#Location#",",":" "
in stage 2 would be the whole webparsing stuff
and

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FinishAction=[!WriteKeyValue Variables "Stage" "1" "#CURRENTFILE#"]
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Re: free open geocoding apis

moshi » April 2nd, 2013, 5:38 pm

get's quite confused with Cyrillic input Стокгольм (Stockholm). but no point in complaining about a free service.
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Re: free open geocoding apis

jsmorley » April 2nd, 2013, 6:06 pm

1) I went another way to deal with the commas...
YahooWOEID_2.0.rmskin

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[MeasureInput]
Measure=Plugin
Plugin=InputText.dll
X=7
Y=7
H=18
W=190
SolidColor=80,80,80,255
FontFace=Segoe UI
FontColor=255,255,255,255
FontSize=10
Command1=!SetVariable Location "$UserInput$"
Command2=!CommandMeasure MeasureNoCommas "StripCommas()"

[MeasureNoCommas]
Measure=Script
ScriptFile=StripCommas.lua
UpdateDivider=-1
Lua script:

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function StripCommas()

	inVar = SKIN:GetVariable('Location')
	outVar = string.gsub(inVar, ',', ' ')
	outVar = string.gsub(outVar, '  ', ' ')
	SKIN:Bang('!WriteKeyValue', 'Variables', 'Location', outVar)
	SKIN:Bang('!Refresh')

end --> StripCommas	
2) I can't get WebParser to download that map from that link you posted. I think it is "streaming" based on some javascript or other code, and can't be used as an image.
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Re: free open geocoding apis

jsmorley » April 2nd, 2013, 6:25 pm

moshi wrote:get's quite confused with Cyrillic input Стокгольм (Stockholm). but no point in complaining about a free service.
Yeah, I sorta thought it might hate that. It is ok with extended ASCII chars though, and seems to handle at least common translations for names.
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Re: free open geocoding apis

moshi » April 2nd, 2013, 8:10 pm

jsmorley wrote: Yeah, I sorta thought it might hate that. It is ok with extended ASCII chars though, and seems to handle at least common translations for names.

actually i was talking about the api itself, not the input it gets from Rainmeter by default.

with my Evi skin i use:

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Substitute="1":"#EviInput#","![DetectEngine2] ":"","Ä":"%C3%84","ä":"%C3%A4","Ë":"%C3%8B","ë":"%C3%AB","Ï":"%C3%8F","ï":"%C3%AF","Ö":"%C3%96","ö":"%C3%B6","Ü":"%C3%9C","ü":"%C3%BC","Ÿ":"%C5%B8","ÿ":"%C3%BF","ß":"%C3%9F","Æ":"%C3%86","æ":"%C3%A6","Œ":"%C5%92","œ":"%C5%93","Ø":"%C3%98","ø":"%C3%B8","Å":"%C3%85","å":"%C3%A5","Ñ":"%C3%91","ñ":"%C3%B1","Á":"%C3%81","á":"%C3%A1","É":"%C3%89","é":"%C3%A9","Í":"%C3%8D","í":"%C3%AD","Ó":"%C3%93","ó":"%C3%B3","Ú":"%C3%9A","ú":"%C3%BA","À":"%C3%80","à":"%C3%A0","È":"%C3%88","è":"%C3%A8","Ì":"%C3%8C","ì":"%C3%AC","Ò":"%C3%92","ò":"%C3%B2","Ù":"%C3%99","ù":"%C3%B9","Â":"%C3%82","â":"%C3%A2","Ê":"%C3%8A","ê":"%C3%AA","Î":"%C3%8E","î":"%C3%AE","Ô":"%C3%94","ô":"%C3%B4","Û":"%C3%9B","û":"%C3%BB","Ç":"%C3%87","ç":"%C3%A7","Ą":"%C4%84","ą":"%C4%85","Ę":"%C4%98","ę":"%C4%99","Ł":"%C5%81","ł":"%C5%82","Ć":"%C4%86","ć":"%C4%87","Ń":"%C5%83","ń":"%C5%84","Ś":"%C5%9A","ś":"%C5%9B","Ź":"%C5%B9","ź":"%C5%BA","Ż":"%C5%BB","ż":"%C5%BC","Č":"%C4%8C","č":"%C4%8D","Ď":"%C4%8E","ď":"%C4%8F","Ě":"%C4%9A","ě":"%C4%9B","Ň":"%C5%87","ň":"%C5%88","Ř":"%C5%98","ř":"%C5%99","Š":"%C5%A0","š":"%C5%A1","Ť":"%C5%A4","ť":"%C5%A5","Ů":"%C5%AE","ů":"%C5%AF","Ý":"%C3%9D","ý":"%C3%BD","Ž":"%C5%BD","ž":"%C5%BE","Ĺ":"%C4%B9","ĺ":"%C4%BA","Ľ":"%C4%BD","ľ":"%C4%BE","Ŕ":"%C5%94","ŕ":"%C5%95","Ő":"%C5%90","ő":"%C5%91","Ű":"%C5%B0","ű":"%C5%B1","Đ":"%C4%90","đ":"%C4%91","Į":"%C4%AE","į":"%C4%AF","Ų":"%C5%B2","ų":"%C5%B3","Ū":"%C5%AA","ū":"%C5%AB","Ė":"%C4%96","ė":"%C4%97","Ā":"%C4%80","ā":"%C4%81","Ē":"%C4%92","ē":"%C4%93","Ģ":"%C4%A2","ģ":"%C4%A3","Ī":"%C4%AA","ī":"%C4%AB","Ķ":"%C4%B6","ķ":"%C4%B7","Ļ":"%C4%BB","ļ":"%C4%BC","Ņ":"%C5%85","ņ":"%C5%86","Ă":"%C4%82","ă":"%C4%83","Ș":"%C8%98","ș":"%C8%99","Ț":"%C8%9A","ț":"%C8%9B","Ã":"%C3%83","ã":"%C3%A3","Ĩ":"%C4%A8","ĩ":"%C4%A9","Õ":"%C3%95","õ":"%C3%B5","Ũ":"%C5%A8","ũ":"%C5%A9","А":"%D0%90","а":"%D0%B0","Б":"%D0%91","б":"%D0%B1","В":"%D0%92","в":"%D0%B2","Г":"%D0%93","г":"%D0%B3","Ґ":"%D2%90","ґ":"%D2%91","Д":"%D0%94","д":"%D0%B4","Ђ":"%D0%82","ђ":"%D1%92","Ѓ":"%D0%83","ѓ":"%D1%93","Е":"%D0%95","е":"%D0%B5","Ѐ":"%D0%80","ѐ":"%D1%90","Ё":"%D0%81","ё":"%D1%91","Є":"%D0%84","є":"%D1%94","Ж":"%D0%96","ж":"%D0%B6","З":"%D0%97","з":"%D0%B7","Ѕ":"%D0%85","ѕ":"%D1%95","И":"%D0%98","и":"%D0%B8","Ѝ":"%D0%8D","ѝ":"%D1%9D","І":"%D0%86","і":"%D1%96","Ї":"%D0%87","ї":"%D1%97","Й":"%D0%99","й":"%D0%B9","Ј":"%D0%88","ј":"%D1%98","К":"%D0%9A","к":"%D0%BA","Л":"%D0%9B","л":"%D0%BB","Љ":"%D0%89","љ":"%D1%99","М":"%D0%9C","м":"%D0%BC","Н":"%D0%9D","н":"%D0%BD","Њ":"%D0%8A","њ":"%D1%9A","О":"%D0%9E","о":"%D0%BE","П":"%D0%9F","п":"%D0%BF","Р":"%D0%A0","р":"%D1%80","С":"%D0%A1","с":"%D1%81","Т":"%D0%A2","т":"%D1%82","Ћ":"%D0%8B","ћ":"%D1%9B","Ќ":"%D0%8C","ќ":"%D1%9C","У":"%D0%A3","у":"%D1%83","Ў":"%D0%8E","ў":"%D1%9E","Ф":"%D0%A4","ф":"%D1%84","Х":"%D0%A5","х":"%D1%85","Ц":"%D0%A6","ц":"%D1%86","Ч":"%D0%A7","ч":"%D1%87","Џ":"%D0%8F","џ":"%D1%9F","Ш":"%D0%A8","ш":"%D1%88","Щ":"%D0%A9","щ":"%D1%89","Ъ":"%D0%AA","ъ":"%D1%8A","Ы":"%D0%AB","ы":"%D1%8B","Ь":"%D0%AC","ь":"%D1%8C","Э":"%D0%AD","э":"%D1%8D","Ю":"%D0%AE","ю":"%D1%8E","Я":"%D0%AF","я":"%D1%8F","Α":"%CE%91","α":"%CE%B1","Β":"%CE%92","β":"%CE%B2","Γ":"%CE%93","γ":"%CE%B3","Δ":"%CE%94","δ":"%CE%B4","Ε":"%CE%95","ε":"%CE%B5","Ζ":"%CE%96","ζ":"%CE%B6","Η":"%CE%97","η":"%CE%B7","Ι":"%CE%99","ι":"%CE%B9","Θ":"%CE%98","θ":"%CE%B8","Κ":"%CE%9A","κ":"%CE%BA","Λ":"%CE%9B","λ":"%CE%BB","Μ":"%CE%9C","μ":"%CE%BC","Ν":"%CE%9D","ν":"%CE%BD","Ξ":"%CE%9E","ξ":"%CE%BE","Ο":"%CE%9F","ο":"%CE%BF","Π":"%CE%A0","π":"%CF%80","Ρ":"%CE%A1","ρ":"%CF%81","Σ":"%CE%A3","σ":"%CF%83","ς":"%CF%82","Τ":"%CE%A4","τ":"%CF%84","Υ":"%CE%A5","υ":"%CF%85","Φ":"%CE%A6","φ":"%CF%86","Χ":"%CE%A7","χ":"%CF%87","Ψ":"%CE%A8","ψ":"%CF%88","Ω":"%CE%A9","ω":"%CF%89"
but the Yahoo! api returns Rostock instead of Stockholm, other apis like Yandex or Google work fine. somehow Yahoo! seems to shuffle the letters. :?
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Re: free open geocoding apis

moshi » April 2nd, 2013, 8:38 pm

btw. abbreviations work (ID=Idaho)
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Re: free open geocoding apis

jsmorley » April 2nd, 2013, 9:04 pm

Yes, and "points of interest" can be handy, for instance:
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Re: free open geocoding apis

moshi » April 2nd, 2013, 9:26 pm

try postal codes. (for international postal codes Google is much better though)