[TYPO3] google earth extension?

Alex Heizer alex at tekdevelopment.com
Sat Feb 11 20:40:41 CET 2006

What we really need is a real "location search" extension.

I'm not sure how well the results work in other countries, but in the 
US, the free automated location and mapping services return questionable 
results at best, and horrible results at worst. This makes any business 
who uses them as their primary means to provide directions very 

A few examples from my own experience include identifying a bank located 
inside our local Wal-Mart as being across the street (when it should be 
the same location as the Wal-Mart, being inside the building), or, more 
accurately, nonexistent since the bank hasn't been there for at least 3 
years. Another example is when I had to visit a cell phone store in 
another state that was listed on the wrong side of a major highway 
interchange, that resulted in about an hour of lost time navigating the 
congested New Jersey highway system, when, had it been listed properly, 
I would have found instantly because I was familiar with the building 
that the store had moved into since the last time I was in the area. The 
last example is that it lists my ex-wife to be living in my parents 
house, married to my father, and I've been divorced for 12 years. Hardly 
accurate results. In addition, as I mentioned in a similar thread on the 
US list, on this particular website, it lists the farthest store 
location from the zip code given, rather than the nearest. So from a 
usability standpoint, google provides backwards results.

It would be good if someone could spend their time instead creating a 
location search extension that allows franchise owners to log in as fe 
users and update their information personally, since the people who live 
and work in that area would have better directions and know all the tiny 
details that the automated map and direction generators might miss. Such 
as when a business has been closed for several years already, or which 
side of a street the building is actually located on. As a true T3 
extension, rather than just incorporating an automated script, it would 
be configurable by the site admin whether you wanted to offer results 
sorted by distance (with the closest one actually being listed first 
instead of last), alphabetically, or some other arbitrary priority.

Is anyone working on a real location search extension?


Chris Kievid wrote:

>Correct me if am wrong here but aren't Google Map and Google Earth 2 
>separate things. Google Map is 2d webbased application while Google 
>Earth is 3d standalone app, and hence it will not possible to integrate 
>inside a website. Right ...??
>BTW, that Google Map extension done by Reuven is a nice piece of work, 
>and would be great if he is willing to share it.
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