[Linux-aus] Microsoft files new patent (another episode in your favourite "stupid patent" series)
arjen at mysql.com
Tue Feb 8 08:40:09 UTC 2005
Stupid patents series 23524 ...
Methods are disclosed for encoding latitude/longitude coordinates within
a URL in a relatively compact form. The method includes converting
latitude and longitude coordinates from floating-point numbers to
non-negative integers. A set of base-N string representations are
generated for the integers (N represents the number of characters in an
implementation-defined character set being utilized). The latitude
string and longitude string are then concatenated to yield a single
output string. The output string is utilized as a geographic indicator
with a URL.
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