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Use the Geo-Tag Generator to put location — geo — data in your web pages to enhance regional search requests

March 6, 2008

This web site provides a free online tool that automatically generates HTML <meta> tags containing geo (lat/lon) data:

It has a form that you simply fill in with your data and out pops the <meta> tags. For example, I filled in the data for Boston and here are the <meta> tags that were automatically generated:

<meta name=”DC.title” content=”Boston” />
<meta name=”geo.region” content=”US-MA” />
<meta name=”geo.placename” content=”Boston” />
<meta name=”geo.position” content=”37.09024;-95.712891″ />
<meta name=”ICBM” content=”37.09024, -95.712891″ />

Here’s a section of the web page which describes the value of embedding geo metadata into your web pages:

What are Geo-Tags for?

According to a survey of The Kelsey Group (Princeton, NJ, USA) from the year 2004, 25% of all commercial online searches are local searches. It understandably makes little sense to look for a baker and find one who has his shop in a completely different town. Today search engines are already able to handle regional search requests, gathering city and street names from the text content of the explored web pages. Geo tags will simplify this task since they provide machine-readable information about country, region and exact latitude/longitude coordinates.

The difference between Web sites and Web applications?

March 2, 2008

There is a lot of discussion these days about the Web moving from being document-based to application based.  Here is a section from Jeremy Keith’s book Bulletproof Ajax which talks about this:

In discussions about the difference between Web sites and Web applications, you’ll often hear about how the Web seems to be in a state of transition.  It appears to be moving from a document-delivery platform to an application-based system.  But this is a disingenuous distinction; it implies that applications aren’t centered on documents.

In fact, documents are at the heart of applications as well as Web sites.  A work processor is useless without a document.  A spreadsheet application requires a spreadsheet.  Even a complex desktop application like Adobe Photoshop works on documents; the documents just happen to be images.

The difference between Web sites and Web applications lie in how malleable a document is.  A traditional Web site simply displays a document.  A Web application lets you interact with — and change — that document.  But make no mistake: the World Wide Web is based on documents, no matter how interactive they become.