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    GPS location data to the web browser?

    Hi there

    I'm planning my thesis work about the technologies needed when expanding web communities to mobile. My question is about the GPS data. I know it is possible to access the GPS data of a GPS enabled phone (ie. N95) using the C++ or Java libraries of the S60 platform. But is it possible to access the GPS data from the browser using for example Javascript (or something else)? Or how about these new Widgets I've been hearing about? Can they do something in the phone that browsers cannot?

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: GPS location data to the web browser?

    JavaScript/widgets inside the browser cannot call native OS functionality.

    I don't know if you could write and install a C++ browser plugin for making it possible (if so, the user would first have to install the plugin via a normal Symbian/S60 application installation, before any web pages that depend on the plugin would work).

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    Re: GPS location data to the web browser?

    Thanks petrib. You confirmed my doubts.

    However your idea about the browser plugin is definitely worth considering. But it raises another question. Is there a "right way" to do plugins for Nokia S60 Browser (similar to Firefox Extensions)? Or do I have to improvise?

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    Re: GPS location data to the web browser?

    Well is the JSR-179 only available to Java Midlets or also to Java applets ?
    If applets can use it one could let the site interact with the Applet using javascript

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