Maps in China

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togiles
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Maps in China

Postby togiles » Fri May 13, 2011 7:52 pm

I'm not sure where to request this, so thought I'd start here. I'm the Membership Clerk in the Beijing 1st Branch - working to get our records updated so we can use the mapping tools on maps.lds.org (a great resource by-the-way -- GREAT JOB!).

Unfortunately, the current mapping in China both with Bing and with Google have an offset issue between the street view and the satellite view. This is a known issue that will likely not be corrected anytime soon by either Bing or Google. There is a workable solution though, at least with Google maps.

Google provides a local mapping service in china with the exact same interface as maps.google.com, but done in Chinese and w/out the offset issue. This service is found at http://ditu.google.com/ (ditu is the pinyin for "map" in Mandarin). I'd like to request that the map team add the http://ditu.google.com/ map interface as an optional view in the mapping tool, at least when members in a China branch are logged in.

I'm certain this isn't at the top of any priority list due to the small number of members that is affected by this - but if someone could look in and just see how hard it is, as I'm thinking it may be as easy as adding http://ditu.google.com/ on the backend in replace of http://maps.google.com/ as the api's are identical.

I'd be interested in helping out on development as well if needed / allowed / desired.

Thanks,

-Todd

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Postby russellhltn » Fri May 13, 2011 7:56 pm

You may want to submit this via "feedback" on the main LDS.org site. There's no guarantee that things posted here will make their way back to the developers.
Have you searched the Wiki?
Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.


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