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Access geocoded latitude and longitude values

Thread began 9/21/2009 12:25 am by info315909 | Last modified 10/05/2009 9:48 pm by info315909 | 4205 views | 15 replies |


Access geocoded latitude and longitude values

Once a map has been initialised using a text address - where and how can the geocoded latitude and longitude values for that address be accessed?

I would like to store the latitude and longitude values in a database for caching purposes, and also, to then use those values for a seperate Google Street View at the same address.

How would you access the variables for the outputted latitude and longitude? Javascript or PHP variables?

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tom92909Beta Tester

When entering the coordinates, use the decimal value, not the Degrees, Minutes, Seconds value.

This site will convert to decimal...

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Sorry if I wasn't clear.

The map is created from an actual text address (27, long street, etc) the latitude and longitude values are determined via Google's geocode service 'on-the-fly'.

I would like to know where the latitude and longitude values are stored and how to access those values. Variables created in wagmp_map_1.php?

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Justin Nemeth

Check your site that contains the map and there will be a directory called _promaps_cache. There is an XML file in there with the cached values.

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Thanks Justin.

That would have made things easy, however, there was no xml file in the '_promaps_cache' directory. The required xml file is not being created.

I created a blank xml file called '_promaps_geocache.xml' and uploaded it to the directory. However it does not get updated when viewing the map (tried many times). The '_promaps_cache' directory and the '_promaps_geocache.xml' have 755 permissions.

How do I troubleshoot this?

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I created a new test page with a google map.

The relevant generated files are attached.

Can you locate the issue?

Thanks for your help.

Attached Files
Google maps
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Justin Nemeth

Can you post a link to your site that contains the map page? That will allow us to debug the map on your live server to see what is going on.

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Justin, unfortunately it is in a secure backend environment.

Is there another way to determine the issue?

Is it possible to upload the files I sent to a testing area on one of your servers to determine if the _promaps_geocache.xml file is being created and updated?

Are the created files exactly as they should be?

Thanks for your continued help with this issue.

In the meantime could you please send me an example of a correctly written _promaps_geocache.xml file with an address written to it?

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Justin Nemeth

After some testing it looks like a permissions issue on the _promaps_cache directory. Trying giving that directory (and the file inside to be safe) write permissions. Make sure its not set to read only too.

Here is what the XML looks like:

<geocode_data version="1.0">
<geocode_entry ID="George Street Sydney New South Wales 2000 Australia">
George Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia
<geocode>(-33.868737, 151.206946)</geocode>
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A combination of the two following changes have got it working:

1. Created the _promaps_geocache.xml file with the example XML you provided as a starting point.
2. Changed permissions for folder and file to '777' (read/write all).

However, the created XML has ![CDATA] tags throughout. What would cause this? And is this an issue?

Example code:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<geocode_data version="1.0">
<geocode_entry ID="200 George Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia"><address><![CDATA[200 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia]]></address><geocode><![CDATA[(-33.862622, 151.207813)]]></geocode></geocode_entry></geocode_data>

Thanks again.

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